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Pinellas enrollment continues decline, 10-day count shows



Enrollment in Pinellas County public schools continues its steady decline, according to figures from Friday's 10-day count. The district lost almost 1 percent of its students this year compared with the 10-day count in 2010-11 -- that's 101,921 kids now compared with 102,803 last year.

Dee Burns, director of student assignment for the district, said the drop is consistent with an overall decline that has happened each year since 2003-04. This year, the largest percentage loss was at the high school level, where there are 1.3 percent fewer pupils -- most of those 10th graders.

Kindergarteners, meanwhile, did their best to fill the gap, growing at a faster rate than any other grade. There were 7,270 this year compared with 7,573 last year, an increase of 4.2 percent.

Burns's office prepared the attachment below, which includes the school-by-school count.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:42am]


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