Students have been leaving the Le Sueur-Henderson School District in alarming numbers in recent years. But the rate of their departures is slowing, according to a report Superintendent Brian Gersich presented to the school board at its Jan. 3 meeting.
Since the start of the 2016-17 school year, 34 students have left the Le Sueur-Henderson School District via open enrollment. But 26 students have come to the district since then, the Le Sueur News-Herald recently reported.
Each student generates about $7,975 in state aid to the school district. Per student state aid is typically the largest source of revenue districts receive.
Overall, 182 students from Le Sueur-Henderson have left the district via open enrollment, 72 attending Minnesota New Country School in Henderson and 21 to Belle Plaine Schools this year. Forty three students attend Le Sueur-Henderson schools from other school districts.
Based on the existing trends, the district expects it could lose another 43 students to open enrollment by the 2022-23 school year.
Suggestions to stem the tide of departures and even draw more students to Le Sueur-Henderson include adjustments to curriculum and improvements in advanced placement courses. The district’s science tests scores were among the top of Minnesota River Conference schools.