SSISD enrollment at record level
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 20, 2004 -- Enrollment figures at Sulphur Springs Independent School District continue to soare this year, with attendance above the 4,000 mark on the first day of class, then exceeding 4,100 by the fourth day, according to data collected by Superintendent Patsy Bolton.

Friday's enrollment of 4,146 - an all-time high for the fifth day of classes - even came in ahead of the 4,113 enrolled on Aug. 26, 2003. The 2003 record exceeded the 4,008 enrolled on Aug. 25, 2002, according to school data.

Traditionally, the increased enrollment requires more sections of certain grades and classes be added, and additional teachers hired for the courses, along with space having to be designated for those classes.

Classes started this year with 4,002 students enrolled at SSISD. On Tuesday, 57 additional students had entered the school district with attendance reaching 4,098 on Wednesday. As of Thursday, attendance had reached 4,121, or 61 more than on the fourth class day in 2003.

By Friday at noon, enrollment had reached the all-time fifth day high of 4,146, up from 4,103 in 2003.

Administrators over the last few years have stated that enrollment trends continue to show growth through Thanksgiving, requiring additional class sections at more than one grade level to accommodate the growth.

Bolton said Tuesday that if enrollment rose the following day the district would likely have to apply to the state for waivers to add teachers and classes due to the large number of students enrolled.

Texas Education Code states that "a school district may not enroll more than 22 students in a kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grade class," with a few exceptions which factor in fluctuating enrollment rates during holidays and other designated exceptions.

The second class day this year saw the Beginnings Learning Center's 3-year-old program maxed out at 60 students, with several still on a waiting list to get in.Early Childhood Learning

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