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Enrollment for 1st grade breaks 500

By The Mercury

USD 383 has more than 500 students in the first grade for the first time since 1994, according to a preliminary enrollment report.

District officials reported an increase of 138 K-12 students—a total of 5,965 students—during the first day of class Wednesday, which was a half-day. The district had projected a 125-student increase.

The 138-student increase included an increase of 13 first-grade students, which brings first-grade enrollment to 508.

Associate Supt. Bob Seymour said classes are “very, very tight” across the district in kindergarten with the increase of 32 students bringing the kindergarten enrollment to 562 students.

The schools with double-digit increases in students are Manhattan High (51 students), Woodrow Wilson Elementary (47 students), Anthony Middle (45 students), Theodore Roosevelt Elementary (17 students) and Northview Elementary (16 students).

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