Pasco schools enrollment continues to soar
The Pasco County school district, among the fastest growing in Florida, exceeded its projected enrollment increase on the first day of classes.
Student population for traditional and charter schools reached 67,903, up 1,881 from a year earlier. That's with three schools not reporting. The district's expected growth for the year was 1,673.
Since 2012-13, the district has gained a total of 5,450 students, comparing each year's first day of classes.
Of particular note, Wiregrass Ranch High School -- already so crowded it's running a split 10-period day -- grew by 206 students. It was projected to increase by 77 students. Neighboring John Long Middle School saw a rise of 145 students, but was anticipating just 55.
Mitchell High in Trinity also had a surge, with enrollment up 242 compared to the 133-student rise it had expected.
Some other interesting tidbits in the numbers:
Anclote Elementary - plus 81 over last year. Projected to be minus 11.
Denham Oaks Elementary - plus 62 over last year. Projected to be plus 132.
Double Branch Elementary - minus 86 from last year. Projected to lose 197 this year from the rezoning.
James M. Marlowe Elementary - plus 64 over last year. They were projected for plus 5.
Seven Oaks Elementary - minus 277 from last year. Projected to lose 174 this year from the rezoning.
Wiregrass Elementary - opened with 507 today. Projected to be 417.
Woodland Elementary - minus 81 from last year. Projected to gain 46 this year.
The district's enrollment figures tend to rise slightly over the first ten days of classes, and generally stabilize at that point. The state takes its official count in October.