Menahga School puts cap on open enrollment
Menahga's open enrollment is being capped for the 2012-13 school year because of a dramatic influx of students.
"It's a wonderful problem we have," said Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm. "We feel really, really fortunate. If you can think of all the problems we could have, this one's OK."
Last year, Menahga ended the school year with 818 students.
"My projection, based on how many kindergarteners were coming in, was 859, which was an increase of 40 students, but as of Aug. 20 we were at 893," she said.
The school is running out of classroom space so Klamm and the school board determined it was necessary to cap open enrollment.
"We are building four classrooms but it won't be ready for this coming school year so we had to cap enrollment," she said.
The building project is scheduled to begin Sept. 4 and four additional classrooms should be ready for use by fall of 2013.
The elementary school's enrollment as of Aug. 20 is 559 students in grades kindergarten through sixth for the 2012-13 school year, up from 500 students in 2011-12.
The breakdown is kindergarten (92), first grade (72), second grade (82), third grade (94), fourth grade (82), fifth grade (64) and sixth grade (73).
The 2012-13 cap will be kindergarten (92), first grade (70), second grade (92), third grade (92), fourth grade (82), fifth grade (70) and sixth grade (70). Students who are residents in the Menahga School District are allowed to be enrolled at the school. Also, students who have already been enrolled will continue to be allowed to be a student at Menahga.
The cap is for new open enrollment applications.
The high school's enrollment as of Aug. 20 is 334, not including three foreign exchange students. This is up from 315 students at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
The breakdown is seventh grade (58), eighth grade (63), ninth grade (59), 10th grade (52), 11th grade (54) and 12th grade (48).
The 2012-13 cap will be seventh grade (75), eighth grade (60), ninth grade (60), 10th grade (60), 11th grade (60) and 12th grade (60).
"I just want to be clear that we have accounted for all of the open enrolled students coming in," Klamm said. "If it's a resident moving into the district, they can enroll. "It's just all new open enrollees at those grade levels where we are at capacity. It's sad we can't take them all."
"I had a mother call me today who had three kids who just enrolled. They moved to the area because of the school, so that's very positive," she said.
Menahga School has 22 percent of its students as open enrollees.
"It seems that our bigger classes have a lower percentage of open enrollees. Most of our growth has been residents," Klamm said. "It used to be more but we're getting so many more of our resident students.