East Grand student enrollment spikes to highest point in at least 5 years; West Grand enrollment remains stable | SkyHiNews.com

East Grand student enrollment spikes to highest point in at least 5 years; West Grand enrollment remains stable

Thom Schnellinger (left), principal at MPHS, welcomes students at the main entrance to the high school last year.
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Administrators are keeping a close eye on student enrollment figures as Grand County schools are gearing up for the 2018-19 school year.

When classes for the majority of East Grand School District officially begin Monday, district officials anticipate a significant influx of students over enrollment figures from last year.

East Grand anticipates an increase of 133 students new to the district over last year’s district-wide student body population. That figure includes an anticipated increase of 32 elementary students, 53 junior high students and 48 high school students. The total district enrollment for the coming year is anticipated at 1,377 students. Last year, East Grand officially tallied 1,244 students when the district submitted its enrollment figures to the state in October.

East Grand Superintendent Frank Reeves cautioned that the anticipated figures are based off the number of students enrolled on the district’s PowerSchool program and are not necessarily reflective of what the actual district enrollment figures will be on the first day.

“We won’t know 100 percent until about mid-September,” Reeves said. “But we will have a much better number on Monday.”

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This school year’s anticipated increase in students continues a trend that data suggests began last school year when the district saw an increase of over 50 students.

Dating back to the 2011-12 school year, enrollment at East Grand fluctuated between roughly 1,150 and 1,200. Enrollment in the 2016-17 school year, totaled at 1,188, even decreased over last year’s enrollment, calculated at roughly 1,216.

If East Grand does experience the anticipated increase of 133 students, funding that the district receives from the state will also increase. The state of Colorado provides funding to local school districts on a per-pupil basis. According to Reeves, East Grand receives roughly $9,000 in funding for each full-time student. If the district sees an increase of 100 full-time students this year, which is less than the anticipated amount, then the district would receive roughly $900,000 in additional funding from the state.

Enrollment in West Grand has been far less volatile with student body population figures holding more or less steady over the last three years.

Data provided by West Grand Superintendent Darrin Peppard shows a total of 417 students attending West Grand schools as of this year’s first day of school Aug. 20. That figure includes 177 students in kindergarten and elementary school, 103 middle school students and 137 high school students.

West Grand is experiencing a minor reduction in students this year over last year’s official number when district officials tallied 419 West Grand students. The figures for the start of the 2018-19 school year track exactly with the enrollment figures from 2016-17 though when West Grand recorded a student population of 417.

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