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Lawrence enrollment is up

Headcount was taken today

August 21, 2006

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Enrollment is up a little this year in Lawrence's public schools.

A headcount taken today, the first full day of classes of students in grades kindergarten through 12, showed that there were 115 more students than last year, according to Julie Boyle, the school district's communications director.

First-day count

"We fully expect these numbers to change in the coming weeks; they always do," Boyle said.

The official state headcount is taken on Sept. 20 and is used in determining how much state aid each school district gets.

Today's count showed there were 10,225 students, compared to 10,110 on the first full day in 2005.

The largest drop was at Free State High School, which fell by 80 students to 1,202. Lawrence High School was down 13 students from a year ago, with 1,311 counted today.

The biggest enrollment increase was in the district's Virtual School, which had 427 students, or 160 more students than last year.

For more on this story, see the 6News reports at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's channel 6 and pick up a copy of Tuesday's Journal-World.

Comments

hockmano 7 years, 8 months ago

FreeState down by 80 students? Maybe Mr. Weseman should look into this. Could it be because students are opting out to take the ged, attending other schools, and simply dropping out just to get away from there? I know of several students that left because of the environment there. Maybe we need to hire a consulting firm, pay them 40 grand to evaluate why!Glad my kids don't attend there anymore!They left for an alternative education away from the daily stress. Don't get me wrong. There are some great teachers at Free State! And alot of positive things go on there. But the bad things are swept under the rug and simply not dealt with.

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Godot 7 years, 8 months ago

There should be more virtual school, less classroom time.

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lunacydetector 7 years, 8 months ago

...so if you take out the virtual school, the enrollment numbers are actually lower.

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