Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Counts up in Lansing schools

Enrollment numbers increase for 2007 year

September 27, 2007

The preliminary enrollment numbers for the 2007-2008 academic year are showing Lansing schools saw a total increase of 99 students.

The pre-audit numbers given to school board members show there are 2,279 students enrolled in USD 469, compared to the 2,180 enrolled last year. These numbers have been on the rise since 2005 when the total headcount was 2,113.

Students of Lansing Elementary School leave the gym Wednesday morning and head toward their classrooms to begin another day. The number of students enrolled at the elementary school dropped by two this year, but the number of students in the entire district increased by 99.

Students of Lansing Elementary School leave the gym Wednesday morning and head toward their classrooms to begin another day. The number of students enrolled at the elementary school dropped by two this year, but the number of students in the entire district increased by 99.

The school to see the biggest jump was Lansing High with an increase of 64 students. This was in large part due to the increase of freshman class students, which was the grade level that climbed the highest in numbers from 178 last year to 213 this year.

Steve Dike, LHS principal, said he was surprised to see such a large jump in the number of students. He said typically when new families move into the district the numbers are spread out across several grades but for some reason most were concentrated this year on the high school level.

Dike said that at the moment the school was at full capacity and that teachers were seeing more students in their classes, but he said it's not to the point yet when he has more people than places to put them.

For now, no additional changes are needed due to the increase in students. Dike said that last year the school added another lunch period, which has helped this year as numbers grow. In the future, he said the district has had the foresight to leave open options for expansion such as the intermediate school when it is vacated to the new elementary school currently under construction.

Lansing Middle School was another one to see a jump in numbers with 36 additional students. This year the school has a total of 559 students compared to last year's 523. The middle school had the second largest increase for individual grade levels with the seventh grade class climbing from 157 last year to 184 this year.

Lansing Intermediate School stayed roughly the same with a one-student increase of 316 students this year and 315 students last year. The intermediate school had the biggest drop in a single grade level as the fifth grade went from 162 last year to 152 this year.

Lansing Elementary School was the only school to see a decrease of two students with a headcount of 613 this year and 615 last year.

Superintendent Randal Bagby said these numbers were expected. He said Lansing schools never see a significant increase much less a decrease in students enrolled.

He said many districts around the state have to closely watch the audited numbers that are released on Sept. 20 every year, but Bagby said this district was not overly concerned because the budget has been set and there will be no change to the amount of state aid the schools are given.

The district is still making adjustments to the numbers, which will be completed Oct. 10.

Those final numbers should increase slightly when students such as special education, LEAP, bilingual and vocational schools are included.

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