Charles City schools report increased enrollment for 3rd consecutive year

‘Count Day’ – or the day school districts physically count how many students they have in their classes – came back positive for the New Hampton school district; as they reported a bump of 6 students from last year to this year.

It also came back positive for Charles City schools – with this year being the third year in a row that the district has reported an increase in enrollment.

Superintendent Mike Fisher says this was a deliberate effort by his staff.


The certified enrollment for the district is up 12 students from last year:

  • 1548.88 in 2019-2020
  • 1560.92 in 2020-2021

This influx is significant for two main reasons. The first has to do with school funding – as the state gives each district around $7,000 for each student it is serving. The second has to do with the history of the district’s enrollment numbers:

  • Between 2014-2015 and 2017-2018 the district lost on average of 21.75 students per year
  • Now that trend has flipped as between 2018-2019 and 2020-2021 the district is adding 19.6 students per year

Fisher says these numbers are even more impressive when considering the difficult circumstances of the last year in the area.



Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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