Downvalley enrollment stable |

Downvalley enrollment stable

Aspen Times Staff Report

A “very preliminary” look at enrollment at the downvalley schools during the first week of classes shows Basalt has the same number of students as last year, Carbondale schools are down slightly and Glenwood Springs saw the biggest decline, according to district statistics.

Fred Wall, Roaring Fork School District superintendent, and his staff predicted a flat enrollment compared to 2002-03. Districtwide, enrollment was down by 36 students during the first week of school last week. However, the numbers used by the state to calculate financial contributions aren’t taken until early October.

The preliminary data shows that Basalt Elementary School is down 19 students while the middle school is up by 18 students.

Basalt High School had one student less than last year’s 396.

The Carbondale elementary schools saw a combined increase of 13 students. That includes the Community School.

The Carbondale Middle School was up by three students while Roaring Fork High School saw its enrollment fall by 21 students.

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Elementary schools in Glenwood Springs were down 15 students. The middle school fell by 29. The high school saw an increase of 15.

Districtwide, the preliminary figures indicated there are 4,728 students, down less than 1 percent from the 4,764 last year.