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Bozeman Schools Report Record Enrollment

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For the first time in six years, the Bozeman School district is reporting record enrollment numbers.

As students, teachers and parents are getting adjusted to their new classes this year, the Bozeman School board is reporting record enrollment numbers.

This year the district added 221 students to their schools, 104 of those kids were elementary school kids, 63 were middle school students and 54 were in high school students.

"The biggest surprise was in kindergarten and it's also the hardest number to predict," said Steve Johnson, Bozeman Schools Deputy Superintendent.

528 kids are enrolled in kindergarten, which is the highest enrollment the district has seen since 2008. Deputy Superintendent, Steve Johnson said there are a couple reasons for their growth.

"If there is a major development or a company moving into town then that could result in a much more significant increase," said Johnson.

The school district takes into consideration a couple things when projecting growth.

"We look at the live birth data from Bozeman Deaconess and project that forward," said Johnson. "The Bozeman economy also has a big effect on our growth."

This year, the district built Meadowlark Elementary School, which moved some kids from other elementary schools that were too full. Right now, the school is partially opened and construction is still taking place. When completed, 12 new classrooms and a cafeteria will be added.

"We don't anticipate opening those classrooms this year," said Johnson.

But, Johnson predicts they will have to build a new middle and high school in the upcoming years.

"We anticipate the middle school will be full in a couple of years now and then we expect to need a second high school when we reach 2,400 students," said Johnson.

Johnson said he expects the school districts growth to only continue.

"At this point, we're just anticipating steady continuous growth," said Johnson.

Johnson said construction on Meadowlark Elementary is expected to be done by the end of October.

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