Pasco school enrollment down slightly across the district
Even as some Pasco County schools far surpassed their expected enrollments on Monday, the district's total population dropped by about the size of an elementary school. In all, 62,532 students were in attendance.
The district planning department reports that, compared to the first day of school a year ago, Pasco schools had 827 fewer students in them. The department had projected being about 690 students ahead at this time.
The biggest decrease came in elementary schools, which dipped 457 students. The only area to show gains was charter schools, which increased by 47 students. Among individual schools, the biggest unexpected declines came at Bayonet Point Middle (-131) and Mitchell High (-186).
Generally, the district continues to see students arrive until about the 10th day of classes, when the numbers even out. Officials plan to review enrollments after 20 days to determine where more teachers are needed to meet class size requirements. If the district does not meet its official student projections, it would lose some of its state funding, which might require some additional cuts in a year already marked by $28 million in spending reductions.