Knoxville Schools enrollment increases

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The Knoxville School District should receive more state funding for students in the upcoming year, as certified enrollment has increased.

In her report to the board, Superintendent Cassi Pearson indicates that the district saw an increase of 14.52 students compared to last year. The state weighs its aid to districts based upon enrollment. Numbers after the decimal point are the result of the state’s weighting system based upon home school students.

Some students living within the district opted to enroll elsewhere. Reasons include those who never attended a Knoxville school and cited a parents’ job as a reason, others chose to continue attending a former school despite moving to Knoxville, others enroll out due to activities or harassment reasons, and others were placed in other districts due to a court order.

In other board action, a contract was approved with Lizzie Stock as the new middle school softball coach. The board reviewed a series of policies and approved an overnight stay request by the Knoxville Dance Team. The team will stay in Des Moines for a night during the State Dance Team Contest.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m.