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Wichita Public Schools is experiencing its highest enrollment since 1975. In a release put out Monday, the district says attendance increased by 536 students over last year.
This year the district registered an attendance of 50,639 students.
"As we added new schools to the district and studied student population projection as we changed school boundaries last spring, we were prepared for an increase of students," said Superintendant John Allison. "We saw population shifts at every grade level."
The most significant bump in enrollment came in the district's elementary schools, with 439 new kids being enrolled. Enrollment in middle schools is at its highest level since 2004, with 10,217 students.
With the bump in attendance, the school district has shifted teachers and other assets to higher-populated schools to meet the needs of increased attendance.
The headcount is done each year on Sept. 20. The numbers are used to help calculate how state funding will be divied up.