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Newspaper inaccurately predicts Southeast’s demise

A recent Pittsburg Morning Sun portrays a dismal look for USD 247 Southeast, stating “…Southeast loses an average of 31.25 students each year. Given the district’s current enrollment — if the trend continues — the district will have no students in 15 years.”

It’s true that for several years enrollment at Southeast has been on a steady decline as outgoing graduating classes are replaced by smaller incoming classes at the Kindergarten level. This is common for many school districts in Kansas. But, at Southeast, a trend has emerged over the past decade. In eight of the last nine years that incoming number is no longer getting lower. It is holding steady, indicating the district will bottom out when the Class of 2022 graduates.

Since 2008-2009, every new incoming Kindergarten class has hovered around 30 students other than the current 7th graders (Class of 2022), which has hovered around 45 students.

Southeast expects its overall enrollment to continue to drop each year until that Class of 2022 graduates. At that point the district will have approximately 30 students in every grade, Kindergarten through 12th grade, and the district expects to hold steady at about 400 overall students.

Southeast is not going anywhere! We are adapting to becoming a smaller school district, as are many other districts throughout the state of Kansas. Regardless of our KSHSAA classification, Southeast will continue its “Students First” approach to maximize participation and learning opportunities in order to prepare the children of our communities for their future.

Brad Miner
USD 247 Southeast Superintendent

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