Humboldt enrollment up by 50; new kindergarten added

A previous kindergarten class at Mease Elementary School work on computer coding exercises. This year's kindergarten enrollment total of 119 is the largest at Humboldt since 1982, and is facilitating a new classroom section. Humboldt Independent file photo.

By Phil Monson
The Humboldt Community School District continues to buck the trend when it comes to enrollment – in a positive way.
With the official count date now in the books, Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling reported the district is up 50 students this year. Half of those students are open enrollment and the other half are new students who moved into the district.
Darling presented the positive growth in Monday’s regular monthly meeting of the board of education.
“Wow. It’s exciting. We have 50 new students! Can we guess where they come from? I don’t know,” Darling said.
“Since registration, our kindergarten class has gone up 20 students. Just 10 days ago we had five new kindergartners,” Darling said. “Of course, those students arrived after count day. Overall great news is that we have the increase.”
Darling said the number of kindergarten students forced the adding of another section. A teacher has been hired and the new section will be in place by Nov. 11, Elementary Principal George Bruder reported. He said the 119 kindergarten students currently enrolled are the most since 1982!
Read more about this positive news, as well about a web filtering system the school is employing that could alert school teachers and administrators and parents about potential problems with and involving students. All in this week's Humboldt Independent, $1.25 at the newsstand, or save money by subscribing by hitting the link at the top of this page. Print or electronic versions of the paper are available. Read what you are missing!

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