(3/10/14) Most, but not all rural Wisconsin school districts have seen drops in their enrollments.
In the central part of the state, places like Stratford, Abbotsford, and the Tomorrow River district have had 15-to-20 percent increases in student populations over the past decade. A boom in the region's Hispanic population is one reason for the growth. The Marshfield News-Herald says the Abbotsford district has gained about 100 youngsters -- and almost all of them are attributed to an influx of Hispanic immigrants. Higher enrollments also bring more problems for local school administrators. They're concerned that the state's revenue limits won't be enough to cover expenses. Also, they're trying to avoid building costs by fitting more students into existing classroom space.