Aspen enrollment continues to rise |

Aspen enrollment continues to rise

ASPEN ” Aspen’s public school enrollment grew slightly this year, from 1,605 last year to 1,637 this year, preliminary numbers indicate.

Aspen School District officials will not formally report the district’s enrollment numbers to the Colorado Department of Education until Oct. 1. But the preliminary figures show that there are more students in both the elementary and middle school grades, and fewer at the high school, according to John Maloy, the district’s new second in command.

The numbers reflect enrollment figures from the three schools at the district’s Maroon Creek Road campus, which now stand at 1,474, as well as 42 preschoolers in the cabin on the campus and 121 students at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek, where student enrollment dropped by one from last year.

The greatest growth, Maloy reported, was at the new Aspen Middle School, which this year welcomed an estimated total of 447 students, up from 418 last year at this time.

Next is Aspen Elementary, which grew to 508 students this year, from 495 in the fall of 2006.

Aspen High School’s numbers dropped, from 522 last fall to 519 this year, Maloy said, although he stressed that the numbers could still change either from students arriving late for the semester or from students leaving the district for whatever reason.

Maloy said there also was a slight increase in the teaching staff numbers this year, which rose by 1.5 FTE or full-time-equivalent positions. He said the new teachers are split between three different teaching positions, including a half-time English as a Second Language instructor at Aspen Elementary, a half-time speech pathologist working both at the elementary and middle schools, and a half-time Spanish teacher at the high school.

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