Students in the Elk River Area School District returned for the start of the 2013-14 school year on Sept. 4.
It was the district’s largest group ever with 13,007 kids filing through the doors at 17 schools across Elk River, Otsego, Zimmerman and Rogers.
There were 347 or 2.7 percent more children at school on opening day compared to the 12,660 the Elk River Area School District opened with last year. Some of that growth was in kindergarten, which topped the 1,000-student mark for the first time at 1,012 and amounted to a 12 percent increase in enrollment.
Otsego Elementary School, which had the largest growth in enrollment over the summer, opened its doors to 813 students.