Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wave of Students Swells Classrooms throughout County

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wave of Students Swells Classrooms throughout County

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If one-room red schoolhouses were being built, St. Charles County would have as many small red buildings as the Blanchette Bridge has vehicles at rush hour.

In the Francis Howell district, enrollment has increased by about 700 students, from 17,062 in June to 17,784 Sept. 9.

The figure, said Jim Lange, director of planning and technology for the district, is less than what was expected. Lange said the increase probably was proportionately split among elementary, middle and high schools. The first phase of the district's third middle school, Saeger, just opened with 425 students, and the final phase will be completed for the 1997-1998 school year. Francis Howell Central High School will open next year with 1,000 freshmen and sophomores. Fort Zumwalt School District's enrollment at the semester's start was 13,150 students, compared with 12,534 last school year, an increase of 616 students. "We really feel it is more because the next enrollment figures will take into account absentees and late registration," said Lorraine Lakey, administrative assistant to the superintendent. She said Fort Zumwalt South High School has 2,115 students, 189 more than last year. "South High is just growing with new development," said Lakey. The new Rock Creek Elementary School opened with 324 students from other schools, and DuBray Middle School, which added eighth grade this year, has increased enrollment by 376 to a total of 1,089 students. The three schools have the largest enrollments in the district. "We have to move forward with plans for a third high school," said Lakey. The School Board is studying ways to increase revenues and hopes to present something to the voters in April. At the Wentzville School District, 5,271 students were enrolled this y ear, compared with 4,977 students in June. Mickey Harris, district spokeswoman, said the increase, of about 6 percent, was slightly more than was anticipated. "We expect to keep growing because of so many new subdivisions in the district," she said. …

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