Sept. 19, 2021 8:30p; Revised lead at 9p
(WGTD)---Kenosha Unified has recouped some enrollment losses from last year.
The official enrollment count for the school year--taken last Friday--was up slightly from the year before.
The 37-student increase over last year came despite an administration projection made in February of this year that enrollment would drop by 136 students.
Last year at this time, Kenosha Unified saw a 1,336 student decrease over the previous year, largely because of the pandemic.
KUSD has also been dealing with a lower birth rate. According to a news release, the KUSD boundary area has averaged a decrease of 160 students each year for the past 10 years due to the decreased birth rate.
Total enrollment in Kenosha Unified as measured by last Friday's count stands at 19,620.
Another factor working against a higher enrollment figure for this year was a call made by some parents who are opposed to the district's mandatory mask requirement to keep students home on Friday as a protest.
School finances are tied in part to the third Friday enrollment count.