Area school districts expected to see fewer students roaming the halls this year in the face of a declining population trend in southeast Kansas.
For the most part, those expectations played out. The lone exception was in the Humboldt school district, which saw one more student than last year. The Iola school district dropped by about 40 students, and Marmaton Valley decreased by about 10.
An official student headcount was conducted Sept. 20. The state sets that date to determine enrollment numbers at all Kansas districts, and uses the information for funding purposes. Declining enrollment is worrisome for districts because it translates to less money from the state.