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Enrollment will grow in 196 schools

Enrollment in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan schools is expected to go up next year, but not by much.

Enrollment projections released at a Nov. 12 school board meeting suggest the district will have an Oct. 1, 2014 enrollment of 26,040 students in K-12 classes and another 1,188 in special education classrooms. That is an increase of 26 over this year’s enrollment.

While small, the growth reverses a recent trend of declining enrollment in the district. Enrollment numbers are important for school districts in part because student counts are play a large role in determining state funding.

This year’s kindergarten class is smaller than the class of graduating seniors.

The district uses two methods to make its projections. One uses a projection model based on birth data and other factors to find an estimate of enrollment. The other works with utility companies within the district to track the number of households, school-age children and students per household.

There is likely more growth in the future, at least on the district’s east side. Much of the district is thoroughly built up, but the Rosemount area has room for more housing, and some of that is starting to show up.

“If you drive around that part of town, you’ll notice a big development going in around Dakota County Technical College,” Reis said. “There is a lot of new growth starting to happen again.”

There is more down the road, with preliminary work starting on the University of Minnesota’s UMore Park property. That land in southern Rosemount and Empire Township could eventually turn into a planned community of 25,000 to 30,000 residents.

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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