Enrollment shows increase in resident student population, decrease in virtual school students
The final enrollment numbers for USD 458 are in, and the district had growth with respect to students on campus. The district also showed, however, a decrease in its overall enrollment including the virtual school.
The total student count, not including those students enrolled in the virtual school, is 1,872. This number is up six students from the 2008-2009 school year enrollment.
Including the virtual school, the total enrollment is 2,247, which is down 10 students from last year. Basehor-Linwood's virtual school has 376 students enrolled this year, down from 397 in 2008.
Enrollment totals for each school are as follows:
• Basehor-Linwood High School: 591
• Basehor-Linwood Middle School: 290
• Basehor Elementary School: 421
• Glenwood Ridge Elementary School: 287
• Linwood Elementary School: 129
• Sixth Grade Center: 159
• Virtual School: 376
Superintendent David Howard said he believed the district was still growing incrementally, but a troubled economy and lagging housing development have slowed Basehor-Linwood’s steady population increases.
“Housing development in the area has slowed, and I think our enrollment reflects that,” Howard said. “We were at a steady 2 percent growth each year, and that’s slowed a bit.”
The city’s new tax rebate program, which has been passed by the Basehor City Council and is still awaiting approval by the school district among other taxing entities, could help to refuel student expansion, Howard said.
“With this rebate program, if the district jumps on board with it, I think we could see (enrollment) pick back up again,” he said.