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Consultant: WCPS enrollment to grow by 2,000 students in 6 years

May 05, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

A demographics consultant on Tuesday told the Washington County Board of Education that a projected influx in the housing market will help increase the system's enrollment by almost 2,000 students in six years.

Deanna Newman, a consultant for Public Pathways Inc. of Minneapolis, said she anticipated enrollment would increase by about 1,066 students in the county's public elementary schools. High schools are expected to show the next largest increase with roughly 631 students, she said, and middle schools will pick up about 256 students.

The enrollment increases are projected to occur from 2010-15, Newman said. Birth rates, housing trends and population forecasts were some of the things that were considered to collect the data.

Newman said the data raised the assumption that new housing starts will increase from 163 to 500 during the next three to five years, causing the sizes of kindergarten classes to increase.

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