The Platte County R-3 School District surpassed
its conservative enrollment numbers, according to
early calculations by district officials.
According to Assistant Superintendent Ron Harmon,
as of Aug. 24 the unofficial count of the districts
student body is 2,759 students, an increase of 213
students from last years districtwide enrollment,
marking a more than 9% growth over 2004-2005.
Its more than what we had projected,
said Harmon. Its not significantly more,
but its a bit more than we typically estimate.
We estimate conservatively a five percent growth
each year. Its just a sign of whats
Harmon said that the greatest increase in enrollment
was seen at the Platte City Middle School and the
high school. The early enrollment numbers show that
the Platte City Middle School has 523 students,
an increase of 62 students from the previous year
with 25 of those students coming from Barry School.
The high school saw an increase of 100 students
over last year, bringing their early total to 799
While Barry School lost 25 students to a transfer
to the new Platte City Middle School, Harmon said
Barry still saw a growth of 31 students.
Thank goodness the public supported the bond
issue for the new middle school and renovations
because the space was definitely needed, stated
According to Harmon, one statistic he finds outstanding
in the district is the amount of kindergarten classrooms
We now have 11 kindergartens in the district.
I think thats a remarkable statistic. Last
year there were ten and weve basically been
adding a classroom each year for the past several
years for kindergarten, he stated. Of the
11 classrooms, seven are located at Rising Star
with four at Barry School.
While no one can say exactly what has spurred such
an increase, Harmon believes the answer comes down
to the community.
Were an attractive community I believe,
and thats why people are choosing us,
said Harmon. We believe the school is one
of the reasons people chose to relocate here, along
with the communitys location to the metro
area makes it a pretty desirable place to be.
As Platte County R-3 continues to expand beyond
estimates, neighboring school districts North Platte
and West Platte are experiencing a different scenario.
According to North Platte Superintendent Dr. Francis
Moran, enrollment numbers for the 2005-2006 school
year are 721 students districtwide, compared to
696 students last year.
Moran stated that the district has actually been
hovering around the 700 enrollment mark for several
years. The slight increase this year has been spread
out equally throughout the buildings.
We have a preference to see a small increase,
said Moran. So, were happy with this
The West Platte School District has experienced
a decrease in enrollment numbers from last year,
from 657 in 2004-2005 to 641 students in K-12 this
year. Of this years enrollment figures, 304
students are enrolled in the elementary level and
337 students are enrolled at the high school.
Since I came to the district six years ago
we have experienced little less than a 25 percent
enrollment loss at the elementary level, said
Superintendent Kyle Stephenson.
Stephenson said six years ago, the district's enrollment
numbers for the elementary level were at 400 compared
to this years figures of 304. Thats
hard to deal with it. I sure would like to see some
Stephenson feels that many issues have contributed
to the decrease in the districts elementary
One of the issues he outlined was that much of
his district lies in a flood plain, not allowing
for much development to occur. Secondly, Stephenson
said the countys land use plan doesnt
make it feasible for a young family to move to the
area when the county requires that in order to build
a home, 10 acres must be involved.
That has added up to not much of an opportunity
for young people to move here, Stephenson