CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Wyoming as a whole continues to grow in public school enrollment. After seeing a drop during the 2016-2017 school year, the last two enrollment periods have shown the state's public schools are growing again.
Students in the Dual Language Immersion program at Park Elementary School.
"It's an exciting time here in Casper. We have seen an increase in enrollment in students across the district and that's wonderful. That means that new families are moving to Casper, our current families are expanding and that's super exciting," Tanya Southerland, NCSD public relations officer, said.
NCSD saw an increase in its elementary school numbers. From 2018 to 2019 four out six elementary school grades saw an increase.
"With the increase in enrollment, what we're seeing is an increase actually in our elementary numbers which we weren't seeing in previous years. That's actually really encouraging that we're seeing families with young students come back to town," Marie Puryear, NCSD director of human resources, said.
Puryear said she does not know why there are more students, she's just happy to see them coming back.
State funding for schools comes from enrollment numbers, adding students each year could mean more funds for resources in schools.
"Could be that it would be towards staff, could be resources that could be utilized in the classroom and each school would have the ability to make a determination as to how they were going to use that," Puryear said.
Puryear said it's exciting to see people moving back to Wyoming, especially when they are coming to Natrona County. Natrona County added 291 students and Wyoming as a whole added 803 this year.
The longest increase in enrollment happened from 2006 to 2016.