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Enrollment up this year in Farmington schools

The Farmington School District is bringing in more students from outside its borders this year, but also seeing more students choose to enroll elsewhere.

The district’s overall enrollment was 6,967 on Oct. 1, the date school districts use to report official enrollment to the state. That is a 203 student increase from the year before.

Part of the increase is the result of more students from other school district choosing to enroll here. At a Monday night school board meeting, superintendent Jay Haugen said there are currently 225 students from outside of the district’s borders who have chosen to attend Farmington schools. That is up from 139 students last year.

“It’s always good when people are choosing you, but our biggest interest is serving well the people within our boundaries,” Haugen said.

Those students don’t always choose to stay close to home. According to Haugen, there are 1,098 students this year who chose to enroll elsewhere, either at a private school or in another public school district. That is up from 1,015 last year.

Of those students, 771 are enrolled at other public schools. Haugen said there are 40 other school districts represented among those districts.

“It’s not just our next-door neighbors,” he said. “Some of those schools are far away.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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