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School enrollment tops 90K again

School enrollment tops 90K again

Apr 25, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

Kindergarten enrollment reached a record 8,131.

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming's K-12 public school enrollment has exceeded 90,000 for the first time since 1999 thanks, in part, to record kindergarten enrollment, according to the Wyoming Department of Education.

The state's 48 school districts counted 90,993 students this school year, up 1.7 percent from 89,476 in the 2011-12 school year.

"We've seen enrollment increase between 1 percent and 2 percent every year for the last few years," agency data analyst Leslie Zimmerschied said Tuesday. "We have a very healthy school enrollment, and that's because we have a pretty healthy economy."

Kindergarten enrollment reached a record 8,131.

"It's a trend that we saw coming based on the census data from those years back when we knew birth rates were high," Zimmerschied said. "So we knew that this was coming. And we know that we probably won't see another kindergarten class this big for a while. But we do know that in the next few years we expect that the kindergarten enrollment will be higher than average."

Over the last seven years, Wyoming's total enrollment has increase by more than 7,000 students. Historically, Wyoming's peak K-12 enrollment was in 1993, when the state recorded 100,899 students in its schools. Enrollment then dropped to 83,701 in 2005-06 before starting a slow rise.

Laramie County District 1 in Cheyenne remains the state's largest district with more than 13,387 students, followed by Natrona County with 12,750, Campbell County District 1 with 8,705, Sweetwater County District 1 with 5,514, and Albany County District 1 with 3,657.

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