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Principal Daniel Fischer greets students as they arrive off the bus for the first day of school on Thursday, August 27, at Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)

The Sioux Falls School District expected to significantly pass 25,000 students this year, but instead officials say they’re seeing a decline in enrollment and that could put a ding on how the district handles funding for the 2021-2022 school year.

The district initially projected having an additional 200 students compared to last year’s overall enrollment of 25,311. Instead, the district dropped by about as many, according to an initial enrollment report given to the Sioux Falls school board Monday night. 

Including Pre-K, Sioux Falls schools had 25,164 students as of the fourth day of school. Numbers won’t be finalized until the end of September.

“We knew there would be some variability, and I