By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chase County Schools is just one body shy of breaking a 600-student enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.
In enrollment numbers updated Wednesday morning, Supt. Brad Schoeppey said the K-12 Chase County Schools has 599 students attending classes.
That’s 17 students higher than the 2012-13 year, and the most students since the 2003-04 school year when 606 were enrolled the first week.
Schoeppey said he expected enrollment to be up, based on last year’s big kindergarten class, who are now first graders, and a small class of 29 that graduated last May.
This year’s kindergarten class has 42 students, well above the 29 seniors who graduated in the spring.
But Schoeppey said four to five new senior class students this year are also affecting the increase.
“That the most unusual to get that many new in the senior class,” he said.
He said he wouldn’t be surprised if the CCS enrollment eventually does eclipse the 600 mark.
The school’s enrollment number on Oct. 1, which will be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Education, is what will be the official 2013-14 enrollment, Schoeppey noted.
That figure is used for determining financial items such as state aid, as well as athletic and activity classifications.
The first grade class and senior class, both with 61 students, are the largest in the school this year. The sophomore class of 34 is the smallest.
Now a week into the school year, Schoeppey said things are going very smoothly.
That contrasts to last year, when major changes were made in the lunch counting process for students going through the line, as well the bigger emphasis on fruits and vegetables in the menus. That made for a few rough first weeks of school last year.
That’s not the case this year.
“It’s been a very easy start to the school year,” Schoeppey said.
First grade 61
Second grade 48
Third grade 41
Fourth grade 45
Fifth grade 43
Sixth grade 47
GRADE K-6 TOTAL 327
Seventh grade 37
Eighth grade 51
Ninth grade 49
Tenth grade 34
Eleventh grade 40
Twelfth grade 61
GRADE 7-12 TOTAL 272
GRAND TOTAL 599
10-year total enrollments
Source: CCS Supt. Dr. Brad Schoeppey as of Aug. 28, 2013.