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Student numbers up at BEA

By Staff | Sep 19, 2010

Dale Brandsoy

The administration and staff at Blue Earth Schools received a pleasant surprise when the 2010-11 school year began.

More students than they had anticipated showed up for class. A lot more students.

“We are way up in numbers from last year,” BEA Superintendent Dale Brandsoy was able to report to the board last week. “Mainly in the elementary school.”

Last year’s enrollment at BEA was 1,191. This year the total on the first day of school was 1,227.

“We were expecting 99 kindergartners,” Brandsoy says. “But, we now have 110 enrolled.”

The staff had projected 514 students in the Blue Earth and Winnebago elementary school buildings this year. However, the actual number is 552.

“It is a pleasant surprise, and I really don’t have a answer as to why it happened,” Brandsoy says. “I think we had some families move into the district with several school age children.

A few of the students are children of some migrant workers, Brandsoy says. That accounts for about 20 students.

“Maybe 10 of those will leave in October, but some will stay,” he adds.

At their meeting last Monday, the BEA school board also heard a report from transportation director Dan Brod.

Brod says they have 33 licensed drivers in the system, and complete 12 morning and 13 afternoon routes each day.

“The BEA busses cover 1,078 total miles each day,” Brod reports.

In other business, the board voted approval of a preliminary budget and levy.

The overall tax levy increase was set at 5.17 percent at this time, but could be decreased later, Brandsoy says.

Last year the levy was decreased by 3 percent, he says.

The increase would bring in $68,852 more in funds for the district, bringing the total local tax levy funding to $1,400,964.