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MCS ENROLLMENT 

Fall 2000

GRADES PK-2:  1,825
GRADES 3-4:    1,111
GRADES 5-6:    1,098
GRADES 7-8:    1,003
GRADES 9-12:   1,815

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 6,852

Fall 2005

GRADES PK-2:  2,604
GRADES 3-4:    1,595
GRADES 5-6:    1,574
GRADES 7-8:    1,452
GRADES 9-12:   2,560

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 9,785

Fall 2010

GRADES PK-2:  2,534
GRADES 3-4:    1,710
GRADES 5-6:    1,838
GRADES 7-8:    1,773
GRADES 9-12:   3,134

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 10,989

Fall 2015

GRADES PK-2: 2,063 
GRADES 3-4:   1,510  
GRADES 5-6:   1,699 
GRADES 7-8:   1,799
GRADES 9-12:  3,537 

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 10,608

Fall 2020

GRADES PK-2:  1,902
GRADES 3-4:    1,468
GRADES 5-6:    1,579
GRADES 7-8:    1,744
GRADES 9-12:   3,477

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 10,170

PROJECTED 2025

GRADES PK-2:  1,950
GRADES 3-4:    1,462
GRADES 5-6:    1,509
GRADES 7-8:    1,556
GRADES 9-12:   3,174

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 9,651

PROJECTED 2030

GRADES PK-2:  1,804
GRADES 3-4:    1,363
GRADES 5-6:    1,419
GRADES 7-8:    1,483
GRADES 9-12:   2,935

TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 9,004

 

     Mason Heights Elementary was sold in 2012

 

In 2012, the district closed an elementary school, Mason Heights, based on enrollment.  That saved $700,000 in operating costs and eliminated additional costs that would be needed to maintain an aging building.  Royalmont Academy purchased Mason Heights for $1 million. 

 

    Western Row Elementary was sold in 2020

Under the Master Facilities Plan, the district began leasing Western Row Elementary to the Warren County Educational Service Center in 2020.  Closing Western Row saved approximately $550,000 a year in operating costs a year.  The ESC purchased Western Row for $6.5 million.

 

 


Renovated Middle School Opens Fall 2019

During the 2018-2019 school year, Mason Middle School (which was built in 1959 as the original Mason High School) was closed for a total renovation.  Students, staff, alumni, and community members celebrated this important Master Faciltiies Milestone in a special ribbon cutting ceremony in August 2019.  

Eyes Toward Tomorrow

After a decade of explosive growth at the beginning of the 21st century, the Mason City School district's enrollment has now stabilized.  New residential housing developments in the City of Mason and Deerfield Township are part of the Master Facility Plan, but there remains a general decline in enrollment when considering that the Class of 2018 (Mason's largest class) had 980 students while there are 670 students in the Class of 2033.

The plan ensures that all Mason City Schools are safe,  technology-ready, high quality learning environments.  The plan eliminates splitting grades and lessens the number of transitions students make, while providing flexibility so that the district's facilities address the needs of Mason's learners today and 50 years from now.