Schneider: ‘This is the highest certified enrollment we’ve ever had’

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The Mid-Prairie Community School District is growing.

Superintendent Mark Schneider presented the district’s certified enrollment numbers to the school board at Monday’s meeting.

“If this was bodies in the seats, our district would be serving over 1,800 students,” Schneider said. “This is the highest certified enrollment we’ve ever had.”

Actual enrollment is 1,276.32, up from 1,258.95 from last year.

“Actual enrollment, which is our budget enrollment, increased by 17.37 students,” Schneider said. “That means $119,000 more for our district.”

The number of resident students attending the district is 1,232.5, up 21 from last year.

Schneider explained that some students are only counted as fractions of students for certified enrollment purposes.

Also this year, there are 38.2 students who open enrolled out of the Mid-Prairie school district, down from 41 last year.

Open enrollment into the district is once again a significant number.

“We have almost 400 students open enrolling into our district,” Schneider said. “In our regular kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms, we have 204 students who come to us from nine other school districts. The farthest one away is Ottumwa.”

He pointed out that those 204 students account for an additional $1.4 million coming into the district from nine other school districts.

The districts with the most students open enrolling into Mid-Prairie are Keota (47), Highland (45) and Washington (43).

There are 186 students from 17 other districts dual enrolled in Home School Assistance enrolled for activity programs. For funding purposes, those students are counted as partial students.

“That’s over half a million dollars coming into our district from 17 other school districts,” Schneider said.

He pointed out that the distribution of open enrollment from kindergarten through 12th grade shows there is no single reason for the large number of open enrollments.

“I’ve been asked how would I account for the large number of students enrolling into this district,” Schneider said. “Because of the distribution K through 12, my standard response is that it’s for a variety of reasons.”

Board member Gabrielle Frederick said, “I guess we’re doing something right.”

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