By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post
With not having in-person school since last March, USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton was unsure what enrollment numbers would like for the 2020-2021 school year.
Thexton told the Board of Education Monday night that September enrollment numbers show 2,753 students in the Great Bend district. The number is down 56 from the September number last year of 2,809, but Thexton was pleased that the number was fairly level.
"A lot of people moved to other families or other support networks," said Thexton. "We had a number of families leave but we also had a number of families replace those that left. Would I like to have the number up? Absolutely, but it could have been way worse."
The final count day is Sept. 21 and the number of students calculated that day will determine USD 428’s federal and state funding in the future. Thexton says there is a grace period in the count if a student is not in attendance Sept. 21.
"That was always a concern if a child was sick on the 21st, do you not count them?" stated Thexton. "If the child makes it back and in school by Oct. 4 you get to count those."
The 245 students currently enrolled in Great Bend’s online learning count towards the district's enrollment total.