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The first day of school for most students in the Morris Area School District was Tuesday, Sept. 2. Kindergarten students will start school on Thursday.

Enrollment remains steady for Morris Area

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Enrollment remains steady for Morris Area
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MORRIS – First day of school enrollment numbers in the Morris Area School District show steady enrollment in the district.

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On the last day of school for the 2013 – 2014 school year, there were 1,026 students enrolled in the district, 547 at Morris Area Elementary School and 479 at Morris Area High School.

The district started out the 2014 – 2015 school year with 1,023 students, 527 at MAES and 486 at MAHS.

Superintendent Diane Moeller told the Morris Area School Board on Tuesday that the numbers were “very preliminary,” but showed that the district is “rock solid” when it comes to student retention.

“I think it’s pretty amazing that you don’t really lose kids,” Moeller said. “Those numbers don’t show a high degree of transiency.”

Moeller also praised the small class sizes at MAES, which range from 18 students per class in kindergarten to 22 students per class in sixth grade. To keep class sizes down, MAES added another section of fifth grade.

“Those are amazing class sizes – they’re incredible,” said Moeller. “As a principal for 16 years, that’s the number one question when a parent calls looking for schools, what are your class sizes?”

The board also had a short discussion on the impacts of open enrollment. During the 2013 – 2014 school year, the district had 87 high school students open enroll into the district and 48 students who open enrolled out of the district.

Board member Stan Wulf asked if there was any information about why students chose to open enroll in or out of the district.

Moeller said it was typical for districts to do a formal or informal survey of parents, but the board agreed that hadn’t been done regularly.

Other business

  • The board set a public hearing to consider a tax abatement for Dripps Automotive for Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. to coincide with their regular board meeting.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for both business and public affairs reporting. 
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