Enrollment up at NP Area Schools

Enrollment is up 2.5 percent in the New Prague Area Schools, according to figures released by the district on Tuesday, the first day of the 2007-08 school year.

There were 3,538 students in the district's buildings on the first day of school, according to the preliminary numbers compiled by district operations director Tim Rybak. That compared to 3,452 last year.

The biggest increase in any one building was at Eagle View Elementary, in Elko New Market, where enrollment was 535 students, up 8.7 percent. New Prague Middle School saw an increase of 6.4 percent, to 780 students in grades 6 through 8. That includes the 276 sixth graders who spend part of the day at the sixth grade annex in the Central Education Campus (former Intermediate School).

Of the five schools in the New Prague district, only Falcon Ridge Elementary saw a decrease in enrollment, of 3.2 percent.

St. Wenceslaus School in New Prague took a 7.8 percent hit in its enrollment figures. That follows an 8 percent drop the previous year. K-8 enrollment is down by 27 students, with the biggest drop in the kindergarten class. Only 20 students enrolled in kindergarten, the fewest since the school added kindergarten in 1991. Just two years ago, the school enrolled a record 48 kindergarten students in three sections.

Holy Cross School, a K-8 Catholic school in Webster that serves three area parishes, saw enrollment go up by 2.6 percent, a total of four students.

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