If the Campbell County School District’s fall enrollment number is a bellwether of population growth and employment to come, then the county is looking good.
During the 2019-2020 fall enrollment period, the district added 109 students, bringing the total enrollment number up to 8,830, a 1.2% increase over last year.
The new enrollments were evenly distributed across all ages and grades, according to Campbell County School District Deputy Superintendent Kirby Eisenhauer, who noted that no one class or school was negatively impacted.
These numbers represent a snapshot in time, Eisenhauer explained.
“This growth is positive,” he said, noting that it will bring additional resources to the county that could very well lead to more teaching jobs in the future if the growth continues. He also noted that the district is funded based on the previous year’s student enrollment numbers, so this growth will impact next year’s budget.
“Enrollment growth shows that we’re in a stable environment at this time,” he said. “To see an increase is a good thing. If we see a decrease that means we’re losing students and families that move outside of our county. Job availability in the area looks promising when we see an increase.”
Wyoming saw a boost in fall enrollment state-wide for a total of 803 new students, with 63% enrolling in Natrona, Laramie, and Campbell counties. Natrona saw the largest numbers at 291, followed by 109 new students at both Campbell County and Laramie school districts.
“The jump in student enrollment reflects the state’s overall population growth over the past year,” Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said in a press release. “We hope this is the start of a positive, multi-year trend that leads to increased prosperity for Wyoming business and industry.”
The biggest drop in enrollment occurred in Fremont County School District #38 with 54 fewer students.