Archive for Thursday, September 24, 2009

Enrollment totals reveal slower growth

September 24, 2009

USD 458’s on-campus student population saw a slight increase in enrollment this school year, while the overall enrollment, including the virtual school, went down.

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.

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 this year 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

Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard said he believed the district was still growing incrementally, but a troubled economy and lagging housing development have contributed to Basehor-Linwood’s deceleration with student 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 has a plan in the works, however, that might cause enrollment to spike again.

Basehor’s new tax rebate program – a plan that has been passed by the Basehor City Council and is still awaiting approval by the school district, Fairmount Township Fire Department, Leavenworth County and the Basehor Community Library – could help to refuel student expansion in future years, 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.

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