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Iowa school enrollment dips; Mason City loses 64 students


This news story was published on December 28, 2011.
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The number of students who enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2011-12 school year decreased slightly from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released by the Iowa Department of Education.

A total of 473,213 students in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in public schools statewide. That represents a decrease of 0.06 percent, or 280 students, from the 2010-11 school year.

This is the 14th consecutive year that enrollment has declined in Iowa’s public schools. Enrollment peaked in the 1972-73 school year, with 645,000 students.

Of Iowa’s 351 school districts, 218 (62 percent) reported an enrollment decrease in the 2011-12 school year, while 129 districts (37 percent) reported an increase. Four Iowa districts reported no change from the 2010-11 school year.

Des Moines, Iowa City and Waukee reported the largest one-year number increases, while Waukee, Creston and Gilbert reported the largest one-year percentage increases.

Mason City has lost 64 students from last school year, and a total of 173 students over the last 5 years.  Loss of students means less funding for the school district from outside sources, such as the state of Iowa.

Clear Lake gained 1 student from last school year but has lost 89 over the last five years.

See the report for all Iowa school districts here.

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One Response to Iowa school enrollment dips; Mason City loses 64 students

  1. sijr Reply Report comment

    December 29, 2011 at 7:41 am

    That fact, however; will not stop the locals from seeking more money for less students…European thinking!!!