Enrollment at Johnson County School District No. 1 for the fall of 2011 is 1,303 students, an increase of 61 district-wide from the end of the school year. Data collected shows a steady increase in students during the last few years.
That is the justification for the new elementary school that will be built in Buffalo, according to Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler.
Kessler told the School District Board of Trustees at their meeting Monday night that the numbers may change some, but are accurate.
Kessler explains what the increase in student numbers means to the district.
Meadowlark Elementary currently has six sections of kindergarten, five sections of first grade, six of second grade and four of third grade. Traditionally the school has had four sections of each grade.
Once the new elementary school is completed in 2013, it will house the third, fourth and fifth grades from Meadowlark and Clear Creek Schools, leaving K-2 at Meadowlark and allowing the district to decommission Clear Creek School.
Discussions on what the district will do with the Clear Creek building will happen at future school board meetings, nore than likely beginning in January of 2012. We will have specific student numbers for each individual school in the district later this week.