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Pasco schools continue to see growth



The Pasco school district is reporting modest enrollment growth this year after its first four weeks of classes, when numbers usually settle down and fluctuations begin to slow.

Elementary schools had 29,547 students at the close of the first month, down 13 students in kindergarten through fifth grades compared to the same time frame a year earlier. Middle schools had 15,027 students, up 171 students. And high schools had 19,449 students, up 20.

Charter schools showed strong gains, reporting 2,215 students, up 253 from last year. Two charters -- Imagine and Countryside Montessori -- added grade levels in the fall.

Also of note, several schools had enrollments beyond their projections for the year, including Wiregrass Ranch High and John Long Middle, which had been rezoned to help ease their past crowding. Oakstead Elementary remained the district's largest elementary school, with 1,052 students despite recently redrawn boundaries to help with crowding there, too.

Schools are now reassigning teachers and students to accommodate for any unexpected movements of students.

Last year, the district was down 393 students from 2010-11.  See the first month report attached below.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:23pm]


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