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Divide district records nice enrollment increase

Posted 8/29/17 (Tue)

Divide district records nice enrollment increase

By Cecile Wehrman

Divide County now has the highest school enrollment recorded in decades.

“I am more than shocked,” said Divide County School Superintendent Sherlock Hirning, given the expectation so many people had that enrollment might fall this year.

Following a downturn in the oil patch that began in 2014, people last year, too, expected to see a significant drop in enrollment.

It was for that reason, said Hirning, that “people were skeptical” when the school board began talking about the need for more space. Now, Divide County’s previous oil boom high of 369 students in the fall of 2014 has been surpassed, with the new school year showing 376 students enrolled on the first day.

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