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Early numbers show secondary enrollment up, elementary down

Enrollment in the Hudson School District is in a state of flux.

Stressing that the "numbers are preliminary and subject to change," district deputy superintendent Nancy Sweet reported to school board members at their July meeting that student enrollment is up at both the middle and high school level as compared with enrollments last fall. Preliminary elementary enrollment is down from the start of school last year.

A chart of the most current enrollment numbers appears with this story.

According to Sweet's numbers, Hudson Middle School enrollment is up 13 students over September of last year. The school's enrollment as of the most recent count is 1,314 as compared to 1,298 students on Sept. 16, 2011.

Every middle school grade level is more than 425 students with the incoming sixth grade class currently the largest at 444. The school has been over its capacity of (((( for the past several years.

Hudson High School's preliminary enrollment is up by 72 students over the official enrollment count last September. All four grades there are also over 400 students with the largest class being the incoming freshman at 472.

Sweet said typically the enrollment numbers increase closer to the start of school and for the weeks immediately following. She said some staffing additions and changes have been made based on the enrollment numbers.

On the elementary side, while the overall enrollment is currently showing a decrease, there are six classes where enrollment is over the maximum class size guidelines. Those classes will continue to be monitored for further size increases.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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