Minneapolis public schools see uptick in enrollment

6:26 AM, Aug 25, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - In recent years, the Minneapolis Public School District has seen students return and enrollment rise.

A big part of that has been the district's outreach effort. This year, the enrollment office rolled out a new tool. The enrollment bus allows the district to take it's office on the road.

"Things can get pretty crazy this time of year. We are trying to get out and meet people where they are," said Martha Swanson, a coordinator with Student Enrollment Services.

In addition to the enrollment bus, her office has also extended its hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to help students register.

But sometimes the message still gets lost.

"People move here from out of state or from a small town or from another country. We have a lot of families who've never been in the system here, and it can be different," Swanson said.

The added mobility gives the district the chance to answer questions in person and Swanson says it's working!

"Overall, we're up about 600 and for the first time since 2001. High school is up over 100," Swanson said.

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