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Suburban school districts see enrollment increase

Enrollment in the Circle school district grew by 9.1 percent this year, among the largest growth of any suburban Wichita school district, according to preliminary head counts compiled last week.

Circle's projected growth over last school year is 164 students, putting enrollment for 2010-11 at 1,800, according to assistant superintendent Robert Grassino.

Circle serves Towanda and Benton in Butler County and parts of northeast Sedgwick County east of the Wichita school district.

Kansas' school districts are required by the state to take an official head count of students enrolled on Sept. 20. The figures are used to calculate full-time equivalency, which is used to calculate state funding for each district.

The suburban school districts' numbers have not yet been finalized.

The Wichita school district last week reported enrollment at 50,033 students, nine fewer than last year.

Preliminary enrollment numbers in other suburban districts are:

* Andover — 5,108, up 214, or 4.2 percent, from last year.

* Goddard — 5,225, up 76, or 1.5 percent.

* Haysville — 5,233, up 185, or 3.5 percent.

* Maize — 6,643, up 31, or 0.5 percent.

* Valley Center — 2,679, up 18, or 0.7 percent.

* Rose Hill — 1,804, up four, or 0.2 percent.

Three suburban districts reported slight enrollment drops:

* Derby — 6,433, down 135, or 2.1 percent.

* Renwick — 1,982, down 30, or 1.5 percent.

* Augusta — 2,363, down 15, or 0.6 percent.

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