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FDCSD Experiences Enrollment Decline for 2018-19

October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018, Fort Dodge, IA-  The Fort Dodge Community School District recently submitted its certified enrollment for the 2018-19 school year to the Iowa Department of Education.  The report shows enrollment declined by 140 students compared to last year.

Dr. Jesse Ulrich, FDCSD superintendent said, “One of the biggest factors is our current kindergarten class has 40 less students than last year’s graduating class. In addition, there are fewer resident students living in Fort Dodge.” 

“There is some good news in looking at our enrollment,” Ulrich continued. “Open enrollment out of the district has declined and open enrollment in has increased. This means fewer students who live in Fort Dodge are choosing to go elsewhere for their education and more students from the surrounding area are choosing to come to us. This speaks to the great things that are happening in our classrooms.”

The decrease in overall enrollment will mean a nearly $1,000,000 decrease in state funding for the District next year. To prepare for this decrease in funding, the District will be offering an early retirement incentive to staff who are eligible, reviewing each open position for possible attrition, reviewing and adjusting administrative positions as appropriate and analyzing how to reduce the number of dropouts and increase our graduation rate.

“We will be looking at opportunities to make changes that will have the least impact on our students,” Ulrich stated. “We will continue to provide the best opportunity for all kids to succeed in our schools.”

The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to provide quality learning experiences and build relationships that develop productive citizens ready for their futures. For more information about the Fort Dodge Community Schools visit or call 515.576.1161.  Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.


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