(Atlantic) Atlantic Community School Officials are facing a problem they haven’t experienced for awhile, an increase in enrollment.
“This past year we have about 151-Kindergarten students and an overall enrollment increase of 19-students. Currently we have 105-graduating seniors and 165-new Kindergarten students coming into the district next year,” stated Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein, who expects to see another increase of about 50-to-60 students next year.
“If open enrollment stays the same and transfers in and out stays the same, it is pretty simple math; we are going to have 50-60-new students next school year.”
And that means more money for the district. When you figure $6,000 per student it figures out to be an additional $300,000 of new money for the district.
“It is a positive thing, and we are definitely growing, and it has been along time since Atlantic has been in that situation. So we are going to have to take a look at our facilities,” said Amstein, adding that “Washington Elementary is busting at the seams.”
The increase in students also means additional staff. The district has already hired three new Kindergarten teachers, an additional second grade teacher, increased the Special Education, and At-Risk staff, and planning more time for music and art.
So what is causing this growth?
Dr. Amstein says there are several theories. Higher birth rates in the area, older professionals retiring, and younger people with children are moving in to take their place. Plus an increase in small businesses locating in Atlantic that are hiring between 5-and-10 people,
The Atlantic School Board will be discussing additional classroom space at a work session Tuesday night.
April 23, 2012