Student enrollment stays steady

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County schools report more than 700 students in class Enrollments for Republic County USD 109 and Pike Valley USD 426 remain steady, according to official counts taken in September.

Republic County Superintendent Michael Couch said the head count taken September 20 shows 505 students in the district, not counting pre-school students enrolled in the LCNCK pre-school. That number is comprised of 265 students in the Jr./Sr. High building, and 240 at East Elementary. The count is one student more than last year, Couch said. In the 2015-16 school year, the district reported a head count of 486 students.

Pike Valley Superintendent Sue King said the breakdown for her district is 61 students at the high school in Scandia; 42 junior high and 96 elementary students at the building in Courtland, for a total of 199. The pre-school program at Courtland has 32 students enrolled. Administrators say enrollments are often a moving target, with students coming and going throughout the year, sometimes up to the last month of school. The September 20 count is the number that the state uses to determine base state aide per pupil, which this year is $4,170.