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Enrollment steady in District 196

Status quo is the story when it comes to enrollment numbers in Rosemount-AppleValley-Eagan schools.

Oct. 1 enrollment, which the district uses to set staffing numbers and the state uses to establish funding, was 27,202. That’s an increase of 34 students from last school year and 91 more students than projected.

It is also, student information supervisor Kim Ries said, a pretty manageable number.

“There’s nothing scary about the forecast here,” she told school board members Monday. “We’re holding our own.”

The biggest growth was at the elementary level, where the 11,679 students enrolled Oct. 1 represented an increase of 138 students from the same day last year. There were 5,995 students enrolled at the middle school level at the beginning of this month, up 79 students from last October.

Enrollment at the high school level dropped in 2013, from 8,471 to 8,319.

The district is also getting more diverse. Minority students make up 30.12 percent of the student population. Elementary schools are the most diverse, with minority students making up 33.76 percent of students.

In the 2003-04 school year minority students made up just 15 percent of the district’s student population.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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