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R-1 numbers up slightly; R-2 is down

The North Platte R-1 District had a slight increase in enrollment this year compared to last, as area schools went back to class this week.

The North Platte Elementary reported having 208 students, an increase of 11 from last year; the intermediate school is about the same as last year with 175 students; the junior high grew by 28 students for a total of 117; and the high school held about the same with 217 students enrolled.

The West Platte R-2 District didn't seem as fortunate. They opened the school year with an overall student population of 679 which was a decrease from last year at 711.

"We'll probably have about 25 more when kids come in from vacations," said West Platte Superintendent Kyle Stephenson.

The enrollment numbers breakdown with the elementary at 359 students and the high school at 320 students.

"It's been a very smooth start," Dr. Stephenson said.

Platte County R-3 District did not have total enrollment figures on Wednesday, the first day back, and officials said that enrollment would be released later next week.