County schools see slight changes in enrollment

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

LE MARS — County school districts have reported 2022-23 certified enrollment to their boards of education in October and November.

Oct. 1 is the date on which enrollment numbers are counted for the state. Those numbers must be submitted to the state by Oct. 15.

MMCRU Superintendent Dan Barkel reported the MMC school district has a certified enrollment of 465, while Remsen-Union has 334 students enrolled.

“Enrollment is up by 13 students at MMC, and up by four students at RU,” Barkel said.

“Enrollment trends going up is always a positive for our districts,” he added.

Barkel said the board was partially presented results in October, with more information to be shared in November.

With the state removing the deadline for students to open enroll in or out of a district no longer a factor, Barkel said, “Our only concern is with the record-keeping and renumeration to districts in regards to how they are paid by the state. Otherwise, we have no strong opinion on it.”

He also indicated enrollments in and out will not have an impact on classroom sizes.

“We have had very few changes since the beginning of the year. It has not had much impact on enrollments or classroom sizes. Since our classroom sizes are the smallest in the region, for the most part, we have capacity for students who wish to transfer to MMCRU,” he said.

Gehlen Catholic Schools 7-12 Principal Pete Haefs reported a total 2022-23 enrollment of 493 students. Enrollment without the preschool numbers is 463.

Haefs indicated enrollment has decreased from the 2021-22 school year, but did not indicate how much.

Gehlen’s Development and Marketing Director Amy Jungers supplied historical enrollment figures to the board in October.

Open enrollment, he said, has no impact on Gehlen as it is not a public school.

He also reported there have been no new enrollments since the Oct. 1 official count date.

Akron-Westfield Community School Superintendent Derek Briggs said he will not be sharing enrollment data with the A-W school board until December.

“There are always some fine detail adjustments that happen each year and we wait until the state lets us know they are done making adjustments before we release anything officially,” Briggs said.

The discussion will be held at the board’s meeting on Dec. 12.

Kingsley-Pierson Schools Superintendent Scott Bailey shared the summary comparison for the district’s certified enrollment 2022.

The report indicates there are 451.20 students receiving instructional programs/services in the district for the 2022-23 school year. That compares to 455.10 for the 2021-22 school year, giving the district a net loss of 3.90 students.

Numbers from Hinton Community School District and Remsen St. Mary’s Schools were not available.

Certified Enrollment is an annual report of enrolled resident students used for the Iowa School Finance Formula calculation. The certified enrollment count is taken on the first day of October every year, or the following Monday if the first falls on a weekend. Data is collected in the Student Reporting in Iowa application and is due no later than Oct. 15.

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