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School enrollment up by 94

After a decline last year, enrollment in the Hudson School District is back on the rise.

According to the official enrollment count required by the Department of Public Instruction on the third Friday of September, the district has 5,365, a net increase of 94 students over last year.

There are 53 more students this year at the elementary level. That number includes 411 kindergarten students and 2,496 children in grades 1-5.

Hudson Middle School enrollment increased by 46, which puts that building over its capacity by 86 students. Hudson High School had a net loss of five students but saw an increase of 31 in grades 9 and 10.

There are 37 children in this year's Early Childhood program at River Crest Elementary. See the chart that accompanies this story (attached PDF file).

A boundary change between Rock and River Crest elementary schools was made this year to alleviate over enrollment at River Crest. Rock's enrollment increased from 430 students last January to 518 this year. River Crest's enrollment last January (including the Early Childhood students) was 586, compared to 516 this year.

This information was provided by the school district and does not include 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.

Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said that for the first time in recent years, the number of students going out of the Hudson School District was 13 more than the number coming in. She said that enrollment may be due to the increased number of students opting to use the "virtual school" option statewide.

"The bottom line is that our enrollment is still growing," said the superintendent.

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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