Deputy Superintendent Sherri Cyra provided her second enrollment update for the upcoming 2020-21 school year and noted not much has changed since her report in April at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, May 18.
Board president Annette Ashley presided over the meeting at the District Services Center, while other Board members participated remotely. The School Board has held four virtual meetings since mid-March.
Cyra said that is very unusual for this time of year and believes it is likely due to the COVID-19 situation.
She noted the largest shift has been at Pope Farm, which has increased 13 students. Cyra believes it is due to students who originally submitted alternate school assignments to stay at their current school now deciding to attend Pope Farm next school year.
She also said the District normally sees an increase in the number of new kindergarten students who aren't in the census but that hasn't happened this year.
"We just don't know what kind of impact the pandemic is going to have overall on enrollment,'' Cyra said.
The District planned for an increase of 104 students in 2020-21 for budget planning purposes. MCPASD currently had 136 more students than a year ago at this time, Cyra noted.
Cyra explained the District projected a small increase at the elementary level because the current 4K class is smaller than in recent years. The middle schools should see a jump in enrollment because a large fourth-grade class will be moving to Glacier Creek and Kromrey. The high schools should also see a big increase, she said.
The District is still taking registrations just not in person, Cyra said. Families can submit registrations by mail, fax or email. She also said staff in the registrar's office is visiting the District Services Center at least once a week to get new registrations and process them.