NP public schools sees dip in enrollment

The North Platte Public School District is seeing a decrease in enrollment. Currently, there are 110 less students enrolled from the previous year. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV The North Platte Public School District is seeing a decrease in enrollment.

It's a trend the school district has dealt with for the past five years.

Executive Director of Finance Stuart Simpson demonstrated the decrease on a graph at Monday night's school board meeting.

Currently, there are 3,884 students attending North Platte Public Schools, which is roughly 110 less students than last year

Simpson says the decrease is a reflection of what's been happening throughout the community for several years.

"Parents are moving their students for new jobs in another location at this point in time," Simpson said. "As we talk to the chamber, we need to look at diversification around the district to help increase our industry to help bring back our students."

At this point, Simpson is unsure how the decrease will affect student aid.

In other business, the district is also looking at tightening security measures at Jefferson and Buffalo Elementary, as well as the high school.

"We talked about Raptor and how people have to get into our buildings but, when you look at Buffalo and Jefferson and the high school, there is a disconnect between the front door and our offices and we really want to tighten that piece up security wise," Simpson said.