This time of year, public schools around the state of Iowa receive information from the state on certified enrollment figures. These are the numbers that the state uses to figure how much to reimburse school districts. The Iowa Department of Education reports that for the first time in 17 years, the state saw an increase in enrollment. They added 2741 students with the majority in the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines areas. The Certified Enrollment figures for October 2012 was 2028.7 students compared to the certified enrollment for 2011 which was 2044.3 students. That’s a decrease of 16 students. Superintendant of Schools Dr. John Roederer said that while a drop is never good, he isn’t overly concerned as they are expecting a large kindergarten class next fall. New London Schools report that they saw an increase of 12 students in their district.