District enrollment up from 2013

By Bethany Knipp

It looks like an additional 152 students enrolled in the Manhattan-Ogden school district, according to preliminary numbers released on the first day of school today.

That brings the total number of USD 383 students to 5,954 this year, up from last year’s Sept. 20 count of 5,802.

“This is a good thing,” Associate Superintendent Robert Seymour said. “Our classrooms are filled so we don’t have a lot of extra space in classrooms.”

A more accurate enrollment count will be on Sept. 20 this year after classrooms become steady. Some students exit the district early on.

The first day of school numbers only include kindergarten through 12th graders in the school buildings.

They do not include the district’s online students, Flint Hills Job Corp students or pre-school students.

“We were relatively flat for a couple of years,” Seymour said. That’s why administrators only predicted an influx of 30 students.

He said Manhattan’s enrollment is difficult to predict because there are a lot of families and children who move in and out of the community.

Seymour said he didn’t know the answer as to why enrollment increased by so much. 

“I don’t know the answer to that today,” he said.

At an Aug. 6 school board meeting, Seymour spoke of crammed elementary schools.

He said that a couple of downsized teaching positions were brought back to full capacity, a teacher’s aide was added and at Bluemont Elementary, a classroom was added.

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