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Administrators in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District Monday reported opening-day enrollment figures that show the district about 145 students ahead of last year's enrollment.

There are 9,233 students enrolled in the Ken-Ton's 13 schools this fall, up from 9,088 last year, said Elsie J. Jepson, head of pupil services.

However, the new total includes a higher than usual number of pupils -- 653 -- enrolled in the district's kindergarten programs, now that the district is offering full-day kindergarten classes for the first time, Ms. Jepson said.

Although kindergarten classes showed a sizable increase, the net enrollment increase across all elementary grades is only 70, showing a persistent decrease in grade levels between first and fifth grades, Ms. Jepson said.

The district's three middle schools showed a net decrease of about 40 pupils, while both of the two high schools showed significant growth from last year spread over all four grade levels, Ms. Jepson said.

In recent years, the district's high point for enrollment numbers was at the start of the 1996 school year, when there were 9,359 students attending school, Ms. Jepson said.

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