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Early numbers show Gasconade R-1 administrators continue to deal with enrollment slide

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm

The new school year begins next week with Gasconade County R-1 administrators continuing to deal with a slide in enrollment.
Numbers outlined in reports to be given at tomorrow night’s regular session of the R-1 School District Board of Directors shows fewer students expected at the start of this year than in the previous year — at least at the Middle School and Elementary School levels.
Hermann Middle School Principal Nicki Buschmann reports a projected enrollment of 266 students, compared to 277 on May 1 of this year.
Elementary School Principal Kendra Brune’s report shows 280 students in pre-school through 4th Grade; that compares with 295 students in the last school year. That’s a total of 866 students.
Those numbers likely will change; enrollment tends to fluctuate during the first couple weeks of a school year as families move into a district during the summer and might not enroll their child until the start of the school year.
At Hermann High School, Principal Gary Leimkuehler reports a student body of 320 heading into the first day of the new school year.

Even though the enrollment of 866 could increase some within the first few weeks of the school year, it still would be substantially below the level of just a couple years ago. Based on numbers given to local elected officials at last year’s Governmental Relations Day, R-1 had an enrollment in 20-17-18 of 955 and in the 2016-17 school year enrollment was 975.