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District increases by 115 students

Virtual School sees biggest enrollment jump in Lawrence

Langston Hughes School first-graders Sam Mandigo, from left, Sarah Church, Christopher Stone and Yoav Gillath break into laughter during a performance of “The Great Alphabet Robbery,” put on by Ric Averill and Jerry Mitchell on Monday in the school’s multipurpose room. Enrollment numbers released Monday show that Langston Hughes is the largest elementary school in the district, with 510 students.

Langston Hughes School first-graders Sam Mandigo, from left, Sarah Church, Christopher Stone and Yoav Gillath break into laughter during a performance of “The Great Alphabet Robbery,” put on by Ric Averill and Jerry Mitchell on Monday in the school’s multipurpose room. Enrollment numbers released Monday show that Langston Hughes is the largest elementary school in the district, with 510 students.

September 22, 2009

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Lawrence school enrollment keeping pace with state

An official count of public school children showed Lawrence is keeping pace with the rest of the state. There are 115 more students enrolled this year than last year. Enlarge video

Enrollment numbers

Elementary Enrollment

School 2008 2009

Broken Arrow 289 272

Cordley 259 315

Deerfield 511 502

Hillcrest 348 329

Kennedy 337 336

L. Hughes 482 510

New York 133 135

Pinckney 246 275

Prairie Park 406 427

Quail Run 473 473

Schwegler 382 385

Sunflower 482 482

Sunset Hill 300 292

Wak. Valley 218 214

Woodlawn 222 240

Virtual School 733 833

Total 5,821 6,020

Junior High Enrollment

School 2008 2009

Central 447 429

South 555 570

Southwest 680 664

West 573 575

Virtual School 203 246

Total 2,458 2,484

High School Enrollment

School 2008 2009

Free State 1,137 1,066

Lawrence High 1,286 1,247

Total 2,423 2,313

Total Enrollment

2008: 10,702

2009: 10,817

The official enrollment came as no surprise to Lawrence public school district officials.

The district has 115 more students than last year, with a total enrollment of 10,817 students. The largest jump in enrollment was at the Lawrence Virtual School, which added nearly 150 new students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“The elementary level is where we made our gains,” Superintendent Rick Doll said. “From a growth standpoint, it’s better to be up at the elementary level than at secondary because those kids, hopefully, will stay with us and then go on through the system.”

The secondary level is down about 100 students, mainly because the high school program at the Lawrence Virtual School was discontinued for the 2009-2010 school year.

“We stopped the virtual high school, pulled about 90 to 100 kids out,” Doll said. “Then you look at the secondary numbers and they look about flat.”

Another reason for the lack of large increases is the economy.

“People just aren’t moving,” Doll said. “They’re hunkered down right now because the economy’s down.”

He said that once the economy turns around, Lawrence could return to the days of school enrollment increases.

“I think that Lawrence public schools continue to be an excellent, excellent draw for the community,” he said. “I think people want to move to Lawrence for many reasons, one of them being an outstanding school system.”

The official state enrollment count is usually on Sept. 20, but because that date fell on a Sunday this year, it was moved to Monday.

Comments

alm77 5 years, 10 months ago

be3, WHAT?!? I clicked on this article just to say that we have a GREAT schools here. Now, I know that experiences different from school to school, but my family has been thrilled with both the teachers and the staff at Pinckney. I wouldn't want my children to go anywhere else for their K-6 years.

vwelch 5 years, 10 months ago

I agree alm77. Lawrence is very fortunate to have such a great school system. We have great teachers and wonderful administrators.

BigAl 5 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence has a great school system.

avoice 5 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence has a much better school system than some nearby communities that would like you to think they have great school systems.

ivalueamerica 5 years, 10 months ago

The picture is priceless. It can not be stressed enough what a treasure the Avrils have been to Lawrence. See the joy on the face, and they are learning while having a blast.

drake 5 years, 10 months ago

With the 2009 budget set at about $136 million, that means that we are spending well over $12,000 per student including the ones in the virtual school that don't even use district buildings. If you remove the virtual students from the numbers it gets closer to $14,000 for each kid in school per year. That means that just one classroom at Langston Hughes is approaching 1/2 million dollars in taxpayer money. Where does the money go?

ecorunning 5 years, 10 months ago

What accounts for the jump in enrollment at Cordley? Enrollment there increased by 56. The next closest would be Pinckney at 29. Seems like this would be more interesting than another story about the virtual school - lovely as I am sure it is.

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