Enrollment levels off in USD 383

By The Mercury

USD 383 has its largest kindergarten class since 1991 and its largest first grade class since 1994. But district-wide enrollment was essentially flat.

The district reported these numbers Friday, which was the official enrollment count day for Kansas school districts.

There are 572 kindergarten students and 510 first grade students, the first time that first grade enrollment has been more than 500 students since 1994.

Overall, the district has 6,533 students enrolled, an increase of 243 students from last year. However, 242 preschool students are being added to the enrollment count for the first time, meaning the actual increase was just one student.

District officials reported declines in various grade levels: second through fourth, sixth, seventh and 10th.

Manhattan High School reported 1,638 students. There were 457 enrolled at Anthony Middle School and 414 at Eisenhower.

The largest elementary school was Northview, with 607 students.

Among the other area school districts, Blue Valley USD 384 has 180 students enrolled (decrease of seven students), Rock Creek USD 323 has 904 students enrolled (increase of five students), Riley County USD 378 has 706 students enrolled (decrease of 13 students), and Wamego USD 320 has 1,557 students enrolled (increase of 33 students).

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