Juniors Rule: Estimated MPS enrollment numbers has 11th grade as largest class

Friday, August 10, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — Estimated enrollment numbers this year at McCook Public Schools puts 11th grade having the most number of students and fourth grade with the least.

The preliminary numbers come from the option enrollment resolution the McCook School Board will be asked to approve at its regular meeting Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at the junior high conference room.

Each year, public school districts must certify the number of openings they have in each grade and in special education classes, for students who live out of the district and want to option in. The number of students allowed to option in is determined by program (or grade) capacity, minus projected enrollment. For McCook Public Schools this school year, there is room for option students in each grade, except for some special education classes. However, even classes designated as "full" in special education does not mean closed, as enrollments fluctuate up and down frequently and programs can be reviewed at any time.

Using projected enrollment numbers (actual numbers will not be finalized until a few weeks after school begins), the smallest class this year at MPS is fourth grade at an estimated 85 students and the largest is 11th grade with an estimated 130 students.

Unofficial enrollments by grade, according to the option enrollment resolution, are:

12th grade,110; 11th grade, 130; 10th grade,125; ninth grade,110; eighth grade, 95; seventh grade, 110; sixth grade, 105; fifth grade, 110; fourth grade, 85; third grade, 100; second grade, 105; first grade, 110; and kindergarten, 105.

Projected enrollment for each school this year, with capacity in parenthesis, are:

Senior High: 475 (600); junior high: 310 (420); Central: 195 (240) and McCook Elementary, 420 (480).

Other voting items the McCook School board will vote on Monday night include:

•re-affirm and adopt changes to the board policies concerning parental involvement in the schools and bullying prevention and

•approval local substitute certificates.

Superintendent Grant Norgaard will update the board on new school year information.

McCook Public Schools will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 15, with a 2 p.m. dismissal, for grades kindergarten through ninth grade. Students in 10th through 12th begin the following day.

It has not been determined yet if the high school will be let out earlier due to air conditioning problems; the superintendent may make a decision about that at Monday's meeting.

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