Pasco schools see enrollment surge
Pasco County school officials project student enrollment to rise by 115 students this year over 2012-13. The first day of school showed strong steps toward that expectation, and perhaps more.
The district reported 64,116 children showed up Monday for classes, up 993 from the first day a year ago. By comparison, the first day attendance from 2012 was up 240 from the previous year, and the first day of 2011 was down 174.
Growth came in the elementary and high schools, while middle school numbers were down. Charter schools also saw enrollment rise.
District planning director Chris Williams listed several schools that he's keeping tabs on for either being much higher, or much lower, than projected. They are:
Cotee River Elementary – plus 103, 44 above projection.
Deer Park Elementary – minus 103, 93 below projection.
Hudson Elementary – minus 117, 76 below projection.
New River Elementary – plus 89, 60 above projection.
Oakstead Elementary – plus 98, 57 above projection.
Odessa Elementary – plus 96, 73 above projection.
Crews Lake Middle – minus 77, 48 below projection.
Anclote High – plus 93, 68 above projection.
Fivay High – minus 200, 159 below projection.
Hudson High – plus 208, 159 above projection.
Pasco High – plus 141, 101 above projection.
Wesley Chapel High – plus 153, 96 above projection.
Wiregrass Ranch High – plus 151, 46 above projection.
Officials generally caution that first day numbers are preliminary and continue to change through at least the first two weeks of school. Most schools tell parents that teacher assignments are tentative through the first 20 days, to allow attendance to settle before reassigning teachers and students. The Pasco School Board has said it does not plan to fully comply with the state class size law, which could limit transfers.