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DL Schools sees slump in enrollment in December

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Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes, 56501

Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Detroit Lakes Schools saw a bump back in its enrollment growth last month.

Calling it "a little bit of a disappointment", Superintendent Doug Froke reported to the school board Monday night that in December alone, 26 students dropped off its roster.

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The sharp drop came almost entirely from the elementary schools, with the exception of one from the high school.

"Roosevelt had lost 17, and then 15 ... that's the largest drop in an elementary school in my 20 years here," said Education Director Lowell Niklaus, who says Roosevelt is getting some of those back this month. "We have several homeless families," said Niklaus, "Some of those went back to the cities during Christmas, and now some are back again ... some of them moved ... and it just so happened they were all going to Roosevelt."

Although administrative leaders agree December was a bit of a "unique" month for enrollment, the school district is still up 48 students from this time last year.

The Alternative Learning Center also saw an increase of nine students since the beginning of the year.

On a side note, the district is also shaving a day off of Easter break to compensate for Friday's school cancellation, as Wednesday, March 27 will be the make up date.

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