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SSISD enrollment down on Monday, up on Tuesday

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Thirty-four fewer students attended classes Monday in Sulphur Springs than the 4,061 present on the first day of school in 2008, according to data compiled by administrators. But. administrators noted that first-day totals aren’t always accurate indicators of what normal student populations will be like.

First day enrollment numbers are a good starting place to begin looking at class sizes to determine whether additional sections and teachers are needed to be in compliance with teacher-student ratios set by the state. However, those figures generally fluctuate for the first two weeks of school. So while district officials begin monitoring enrollment from day one, they don’t really start figuring population groups for overall planning purposes until after Labor Day, noted Lisa Brown, administrative assistant to Director of Elementary Education Betty Lawson.

School officials noted that families moving in and out of the district through the Labor Day holiday accounted for the fluctuating numbers.

By the second class day, the enrollment had exceed last year’s first day total by four students overall.

At the campus level, only Bowie and Travis Elementary schools and Douglas Intermediate showed growth the first day, while enrollment at Early Childhood Learning Center, Austin and Lamar Elementary schools showed little change on the first class day from the same reporting period last year. Sulphur Springs Middle School and High School’s student populations dropped the first class day.

Bowie had three more students this year for a total of 369 students on the campus Monday. On Tuesday, three fewer students reported for class. Travis’s first day population of 423 students was 28 more than recorded on Aug. 25, 2008.  Today, however, that number fell to 410. Douglas also had 35 more fifth grade students this year than the 264 reported on the first class day last year. But, by lunch Tuesday, Douglas reported 305 fifth graders enrolled in classes.

ECLC had 540 students Monday, two fewer than in 2008. Lamar reported 247 students, three fewer than in 2008, and Austin had 204 students, which is only six less than last year. There were eight fewer 3-year-old Head Start students, two fewer regular Head Start students, and eight fewer in kindergarten. However, there were 11 more in pre-kindergarten, three more in Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities and two more in transitional first grade. Tuesday, ECLC had only 536 students enrolled, Austin had three more students and Lamar had 10 more.

Middle school had 829 students on the first day compared to 886 in 2008. Enrollment fell from 300 to 257 sixth graders, and the eighth grade level fell from 298 to 277.  The seventh grade class had 295 students, seven more students than on the first day of class last year. Tuesday at lunch, the school was up to 853 students.

Enrollment at the high school dropped from 1,147 last year to 1,116 Monday on the first day of classes. There were four fewer ninth graders in this year’s class than the 329 counted on the first day last year. Tenth grade reported only 266 students, four fewer than in 2008, and 11th grade had 272 students compared to the 307 from 2008. Twelfth grade saw a spike with 253 students enrolled this year, 12 more than last year. Tuesday, SSHS reported enrollment up  to 1,131.

While grade level totals were available for student populations at the elementary campuses, the manner in which certain special class populations were reported last year and this year are different, making comparisons less consistent by grade level.

 

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