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There are 30 fewer students than there were in 2016-17, district count reveals

Thirty fewer students are enrolled in the Lake Oswego School District than there were in the 2016-17 school year, according to an official count conducted by the district on Oct. 1.

The final numbers show continued growth on the south side of Oswego Lake, with 37 more students this year than last — a gradual but steady rise that first started in 2013. But there are 67 fewer students attending schools on the north side, cutting the district's overall enrollment from 7,035 in 2016 to 7,005 this year.

The drop will mean a loss in state revenue, according to LOSD Assistant Superintendent Mike Musick. "The state gives the district $7,000 for each student enrolled," he said.

But unlike several nearby school districts, the LOSD will not have to cut programs or lay off teachers to make up the difference.

"We have a healthy reserve of around $13 million," Musick said. "When something like this happens, we can use those funds to make up the difference. That's one of the great things about this community — it has been fiscally responsible."

— Claire Holley

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