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After years of decline, Cedar Rapids schools see enrollment growth

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Cedar Rapids schools have more students than they've had in years -- and are growing for the first time since floods devastated the district.

There are 109 more students this fall than there were last year. That's a change after the district has been facing decreasing enrollment since the floods of 2008, losing 500 students the first two years.

It's been a challenge for the district since it receives state money based on the number of students enrolled. 

"Growing districts get more revenue," said Dave Benson, Cedar Rapids superintendent. "Declining districts lose revenue. So it's better to grow than not."

Officials believe the city's flood recovery efforts may be the reason for the increase.

"We have turned the corner and see the effort to redevelop Cedar Rapids is paying off, so we're particularly pleased with that result," said Benson.

District officials say that, while the new enrollment numbers are a positive sign for the district, it will take several years of growing enrollment before they can call it a trend.

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