Record enrollment in area schools |

Record enrollment in area schools

Tally shows 111 more students than 2006-07 in Steamboat

Mike McCollum

The number of students filling Steamboat Springs’ schools is at a record count, which district officials said is a good problem to have.

As of Oct. 1, when all Colorado school districts submit an official enrollment count to the state, the Steamboat Springs School District had 2,100 students, an increase of 111 students from the 2006-07 school year.

“We are up this year, but it is spread pretty evenly over the whole district,” said Dale Mellor, the district’s director of finance. “We are not going to have to hire any additional teachers, but we may have to hire some additional aides.”

In the preliminary budget adopted by the Steamboat Springs School Board in June, Mellor estimated an increase of just 15 students across the district from last year’s count of 1,989 students.

In Hayden, enrollment is down from 454 students to 418.

“We’ve graduated some fairly large classes, and the classes coming in are smaller than previous years,” said the Hayden School District’s business manager, Jnl Linasacum. “The trend is that we are declining. We have budgeted to decline. The good news for us is that we didn’t decline as much as we had budgeted for.”

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The state uses final district head counts to determine how much funding each district receives per student, often referred to as Per Pupil Operating Revenue, or PPOR.

This year, Steamboat will receive $7,922 per student. Hayden will receive $7,605 per student, and South Routt will receive $8,200 per student.

Hayden Valley Elementary School has 179 students. Hayden Middle School has 88 students, and Hayden High School has 151 students.

South Routt Schools are up 14 students from last year’s enrollment of 435 students.

South Routt has 208 students at South Routt Elementary School, down from 216 last year. Soroco Middle School, which has 54 students, and Soroco High School, which has 152 students, both have increased enrollment this year.

In Steamboat, all four district schools are up in enrollment. Soda Creek Elementary School has 396 students enrolled, and 502 attend Strawberry Park Elementary School, 461.5 attend Steamboat Springs Middle School, and 691 attend Steamboat Springs High School.

“We haven’t analyzed the data yet to see where those students have come from, but it looks like they are from here,” said Mellor, who noted final enrollment numbers are due to the Colorado Department of Education by Nov. 10.

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