Atlantic Superintendent disputes DOE enrollment projections


August 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Amstein disputes the Iowa Department of Education’s conclusion that enrollment projections for the upcoming school year will be less than anticipated. Last year, he says, total enrollment was 1,409. For the 2011-2012 school year, the DOE predicts an enrollment of about 1,391 students, or a loss of 18 students. Amstein says the administration doesn’t believe that will be the case.

He says based on preschool numbers for the 2012-2013 school year…which the DOE predicts will result in the loss of another dozen or so students…Atlantic should actually see the same number of students coming into the district, or about 140 students.

He says the numbers may actually rise over the next two-years, based on the number of live birth rate projections. The bottom line, according to Amstein, is that they don’t see the DOE’s numbers “coming to fruition,” which he says is good news for the district.