MCSD enrollment up 75 students

After a slight decrease in student enrollment in the Marshalltown Community School District last year, numbers are trending up again in the district this fall.

The school district reported during the school board meeting Monday that the current enrollment stands at 5,383 students. It is up 75 students from the 5,308 enrollment number last year.

“Good news,” said Lisa Koester, director of human resources with the school district.

Since funding from the state is on a per pupil basis at roughly $6,000 per student, this increase means approximately $450,000 more in state funding for MCSD.

This jump in enrollment is the biggest growth since the 2011-12 school year, when the district experienced an increase of 122 students.

The kindergarten class this year throughout the district is at 426 students, up from 380 last year. This increase led the district to add a fourth kindergarten section at Fisher Elementary School this year.

It wasn’t all positive news in the enrollment report as the number of students living in the district, but open enrolling out of it to other districts, has increased significantly.

The open enrollment out number is at 561 students, up from 499 last year. This means nearly $3.4 million in state funding follows these students to other school districts.

“The open enrollment out did increase, but not at the same rate as it increased last year,” Koester said.