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School enrollments up in Johnson County, Olathe has biggest increase

Updated: 2013-09-24T18:31:42Z

By JOE ROBERTSON

The Kansas City Star

Preliminary enrollment numbers show gains across the board in Johnson County school districts, including Shawnee Mission, which has been expecting its declining enrollment trend to level out.

Shawnee Mission reported a K-12 enrollment of 27,450 after the state’s annual census day, Sept. 20. That would be an increase of 13 from last year’s official count.

Olathe again recorded the largest increase in the county as its enrollment hit 29,171 — an increase of 299 students from a year ago.

Combined, the six county districts’ preliminary totals show an increase of 766 students, from 92,462 to 93,228.

The enrollment figures have been reported to the state, and some adjustments may be made before they become the official enrollment for the school year.

Shawnee Mission, whose enrollment boomed in the 1960s to more than 45,000 students, for many years had been the largest school district in the area. But it has been losing numbers as its population ages and neighboring Johnson County districts took on most of the new growth.

A year ago, the district saw an unexpected drop of more than 300 students, but officials welcomed the apparent small increase this year.

Blue Valley continued its steady growth, increasing by 181 to 21,768.

De Soto was up by 88 students to 6,892, Gardner-Edgerton rose by 99 to 5,533, and Spring Hill grew by 86 to 2,414.

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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