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District enrollment declines by 14

For the first time in recent memory, the Hudson School District is starting the new school year with fewer students than the year before.

According to the official enrollment count required by the Department of Public Instruction on the third Friday of September, the district has 5,237 students. That's 14 fewer students than the 5,251 at the end of the 2007-08 school year.

There are 33 more students this year at the elementary level. Kindergarten students were down by 28 this year but that number was offset by an increase of 61 students in grades 1-5. Hudson Middle School enrollment increased by 10 students while Hudson High School got some much needed space relief with 50 fewer students this year. See the chart that accompanies this story.

According to the information provided by the school district, the enrollment total does not include early childhood students, open enrollment students who attend another district, students with disabilities placed out of district, preschool speech therapy students, alternative school students, GED students and full-time Youth Options students.

Students coming into the Hudson School District through open enrollment totaled 40 while 38 students left Hudson to attend other districts.

Enrollment at individual schools, including those students the groups mentioned above, are:

  • Houlton Elementary, 212
  • North Hudson, 371
  • Willow River, 411
  • River Crest, 569
  • E.P. Rock, 421
  • Hudson Prairie, 505
  • Hudson Middle School, 1,172
  • HHS, 1,654

    With the recent opening of River Crest, the district's sixth elementary school, the largest enrollment relief was at Rock Elementary, where enrollment dropped by 215 students over last year. Enrollment decreased by 156 students at Hudson Prairie, 97 at North Hudson and 60 at Willow River.

    For more information, go to the district's Web site at or contact the Administrative Services Center at (715) 377-3700.

  • 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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