Student enrollment at Fremont County School District #25 is down by 190 students compared with last year at this same week. That sobering news was delivered by Riverton Schools Superintendent JoAnne Andre-Flanagan to the school board Tuesday night.
Flanagan said the district began tracking kids who were in school last spring, but didn’t show up this fall. She said most had transferred out of the district, mostly in Wyoming but some out-of-state as well. “A few weeks ago were didn’t know where 175 kids had gone, and now that number is down to 19, and we’re still looking for them,” she said. “The number of our students who transferred to another district inside Fremont County was 210 students, down quite a bit from the 359 requests we had last year,” Flanagan said.
The Superintendent did not that students attending the District’s Virtual Spur Academy has topped 200 and sat at 217 as of Tuesday. She said several other candidates for Spur were being interviewed and that number may go up. When the Academy was first envisioned, the district was estimating 30 to 50 enrollments there, then Covid-19 hit and after the spring semester was conducted virtually, Flanagan said some families decided Spur was the way to go.
Flanagan said she is very concerned about the loss of students because of the impact it will have on the district’s budget. At the end of the spring semester the district’s student count was 2,468. As of Tuesday the count was 2,277 students.