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Student enrollment a roller coaster in Clark County

Evergreen, Vancouver districts thousands of students short of 2019 totals, while Ridgefield struggles to house growing number of kids

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: October 23, 2022, 6:05am
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An empty classroom sits in the Sunset Ridge auxiliary gym on Tuesday in Ridgefield. Ridgefield School District schools are converting extracurricular spaces into classrooms to alleviate crowding.
An empty classroom sits in the Sunset Ridge auxiliary gym on Tuesday in Ridgefield. Ridgefield School District schools are converting extracurricular spaces into classrooms to alleviate crowding. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Newly released annual school enrollment data shows that school districts in Clark County are still struggling to recoup from losses experienced since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Districts receive state funding based on student population, so if the number of students decreases, so does the annual budget.

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