Student numbers growing in Jefferson City

It looks like more students are coming.

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“Just using Kindergarten through fifth grade, we’re up over 100 kids today, as compared to the same last year,” Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell told school board members Monday night.

“We are at almost 750 kindergarten kids again this year, already. And the same day last year, to the start of school, we grew another 135 kids.”

Mitchell said the secondary numbers — middle schools, Simonsen Ninth Grade Center and Jefferson City High School — were not available, yet.

School districts’ official census counts aren’t taken until the end of September, after the number of students moving in or out of a district usually has stabilized.

Summer school programs also grew this summer, with classes in 14 buildings during June, and a total 2,116 students enrolled.

“That was up from 1,905 last year,” said Sheila Logan, assistant superintendent for Special Services. “That’s about 25 percent of our students participating in some form of summer school.”


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