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Enrollment numbers on the rise at West Iron

IRON RIVER—At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Sept. 17, the West Iron County School Board reported the district’s rise in enrollment numbers across the spectrum as compared to last year’s figures.    
    As of the meeting date, the enrollment figure stood at 870, up from 814 at the end of the 2018-19 school year in early June. The exact numbers can fluctuate a bit with more enrollees or departures, so as of Sept. 20, the district’s enrollment was 866, with 400 at Stambaugh Elementary, 262 at West Iron High School and 204 at West Iron Middle School. There were also 34 students in pre-K.
    As of June 6, 2019, the enrollment numbers were: 377 at Stambaugh Elementary, 236 at the high school and 201 at the middle school.
    Comparing the Sept. 20, 2019 figures to those, the percentage increases are 6 percent at Stambaugh Elementary, 11 percent at the high school and 1.5 percent at the middle school.
    The biggest jump in the district came at the kindergarten level, where the numbers went 55 at the end of last year to 82 as of last week (49 percent).
    Superintendent Chris Thomson said at the meeting that districts in the surrounding area like Forest Park and North Dickinson also saw enrollment jumps.

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