L-D school enrollment up slightly

Enrollment in the Lead-Deadwood School District is up slightly from the 2018-2019 school year. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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LEAD — Enrollment in the Lead-Deadwood School District is up just over a dozen students, as Superintendent Dr. Dan Leikvold reported a total of 708 Diggers in the district at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

At 708, district-wide enrollment thus far this year is up 14 students, versus 694 at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Elementary school totals are 299; middle school, 191; and high school, 218.

“The high school’s all the way up to 218 and the elementary school’s down a little bit, but, they had 43 kindergarteners and, like I said earlier, we’re at 708, plus the kids from the early childhood center (24), and we’re considerably above where we were last spring,” Leikvold said. “I think we were at 693 at the end. So, we’ll continue to see who stays and who goes in the next few months. It’s better than losing them.”

School board member Tera Mau asked if the district loses more students toward the beginning or the end of the school year. 

“Over the summer, you know, it’s just crazy,” Leikvold said. “We lost a lot of kids this summer and we had a lot of kids come.”

Elementary School Principal Tim Kosters said the elementary school lost 25 students and had 23 new students.

“I think we’ll lose some more between now and Christmas,” Leikvold said. “As the economy changes. You know, Deadwood is seasonal. 

Enrollment by grade level is as follows: first, 44; second, 52; third, 50; fourth, 52; fifth, 58; sixth, 59; seventh, 63; eighth, 69; ninth, 65; tenth, 47; eleventh, 53; twelfth, 53

An enrollment study, done as part of a facilities update initiative, projects student enrollment will decline to 500 by 2025.

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