Hays USD 489 enrollment remains same as last year
By JUDY SHERARD
Each building holds a different number of students, but the total number of Hays USD 489 students enrolled in grades K-12 on Sept. 20 was 2,799, exactly the same as there were last year on the same date.
Superintendent Dean Katt gave a preliminary enrollment report to the board of education Monday night.
Darren Schumacher, board vice president, presided over the work session in president Greg Schwartz's absence. Board members Lance Bickle and James Leiker also were absent.
The district is finalizing formal enrollment figures, but the numbers reflect the Sept. 20 head count.
The total doesn't include preschool or students at the Learning Center, Katt said.
Enrollment at Hays High School and Hays Middle School decreased.
Katt said a smaller junior class likely accounted for a drop from 784 students at Hays High last year to 753 this year.
Hays Middle School enrollment of 584 is three students less than the 587 enrolled last year.
Enrollment at three of the district's elementary schools, Lincoln, O'Loughlin and Wilson, increased.
Twenty-seven more students are attending Lincoln this year. Enrollment increased from 184 students last year to 211 this year.
Enrollment at Wilson increased by 19 students. There were 380 students last year and 399 on the same date this year.
O'Loughlin gained four students from 357 to 361.
Roosevelt has 11 fewer students than last year. The number went from 383 students to 372. Washington lost five students, dropping from 124 to 119.
Katt said he would like to study the space available at the elementary schools and the district's enrollment procedures.
"When I was at Wilson Elementary the other day, it was so apparent the facility's needs, and every nook and cranny is used," he said.