The Meramec Valley School District expects to see a slight decrease in enrollment for the upcoming school, which begins Aug. 14.

Total enrollment for the district is projected at 3,182 students for all grades, down from 3,209 last year, a decrease of 27 students over all.

Elementary enrollment is expected to be 1,473, down from 1,508 last year.

High school enrollment is projected at 981, down from 994 last year.

Only the middle school, which serves grades six, seven and eight, will see an increase in total enrollment, which is projected at 728 students, up from 708 last year.

Kindergarten enrollment is down compared to this time last year, but that could change as kindergarten roundup is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, at all elementary school buildings.

Enrollment in the district has been in a slow decline for the past decade. Between 2000 and 2010, enrollment declined by 601 students, according to a demographic study presented to the school board in January.

Assistant Superintendent Terri Parks said the current projections do not show a worrisome reduction in the number of students. She told school board members that enrollment numbers are monitored closely and coordinated with teacher needs for each grade in each building.

“The numbers can change before the start of school,” Parks said.

Kindergarten enrollment, in particular, is expected to increase between now and the first day of school.