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Local enrollment up, others mixed versus 2012

At least one area school enrollment is higher while others are the same or lower in a comparison of last month’s third-Friday-in-September enrollment reports with those from a year ago.

The latest such reports from outlying school districts in Pierce County show Ellsworth gained in student population when compared to its total in September of last year. Plum City’s total number stayed the same, and Elmwood’s and Spring Valley’s decreased.

Public schools are required to provide state education officials with this information annually on the date which was Sept. 20 this year. The information is used to calculate the amount of state aid they receive, among other purposes.

The Ellsworth district recorded a total of 1,734 this time (including 19 4YK students from St. Francis School), as compared to 1,689 at the same time in 2012. This increase of 45 contrasts with last year’s report, when the 1,689 represented just four more students over the previous year.

A grade-by-grade breakdown of the most recent local count has: kindergarten, 112; first grade, 127; second, 102; third, 123; fourth, 128; fifth, 109; sixth, 118; seventh, 113; eighth, 134; ninth, 139; 10th, 116; 11th, 125; and 12th, 145.

Comparing the latest student numbers for each grade here with those from a year earlier, increases were recorded in: first grade, with 26 more; third grade, with one more; fourth grade, with 32 more; fifth grade, with eight more; sixth grade, with eight more; ninth grade, with 15 more; and 12th grade, with 25 more.

Decreases in the same comparison were found in: kindergarten, with six fewer students; second grade, with 22 fewer; seventh grade, with 23 fewer; eighth grade, with six fewer; 10th grade, with 10 fewer; and 11th grade, with 24 fewer.

The breakdowns by building in last month’s report were: Ellsworth High School, 525; Ellsworth Middle School, 474; Hillcrest Elementary School, 367; Prairie View Elementary School, 225; and Lindgren Early Learning Center, 143 (including 19 in 4YK from St. Francis School).

Compared to the third Friday in September of ’12, the high school now has 17 more students, the middle school has four fewer, Hillcrest has 22 more, Prairie View has eight more and Lindgren has 25 more.

The 4YK program at Lindgren now has 116 local public school students of the 143 at that site, compared with 134 a year ago. There are now also eight early childhood students, compared with seven such students a year ago. No out-of-district special education students were reported this year.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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