Enrollment still declining in RE-1, 1 July 2007, Journal-Advocate, Sterling, Colorado One of the ways the district has tried to address funding shortages is by not filling positions when people retire. Summers said the district is trying to avoid firing teachers, so they just won’t hire anybody they don’t need.
Between 2001 and 2005, Colorado’s student enrollment grew by 5.8 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Education. More than half of the state’s districts, however, lost enrollment. Many of the fastest growing districts surround the state’s larger cities, but the fastest growing districts during that time period Branson, Vilas and Karval are small districts with their own on-line schools.
An interesting sidenote is that the number of home-school students in the RE-1 district has nearly doubled between the fall of 2001 and 2005. According to the state of Colorado, there were 33 home-schooled students within the RE-1 district in fall 2001 compared to 75 in fall 2005. Summers said she doesn’t have an answer as to why that number has gone up. In a March interview, she said that perhaps people home school because they want to spend more time with their kids.
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