TAMPA — With growth skidding to a halt, Hillsborough's school enrollment this year dropped back to levels not seen in four years.
District schools counted 189,800 students during the second month of school, when the population typically stabilizes.
Schools lost about 900 students in kindergarten through high school since last year.
That marked a second year of declining enrollment for a district that not long ago averaged growth of about 6,000 students annually.
"People are not moving in like they used to, and possibly there are a lot more people that are moving out," said Cindy Wood, Hillsborough's director of planning and related services.
"We're experiencing the same thing that everyone else in Florida is."
So far, Hillsborough schools have enrolled about 1,800 students fewer than projected, Wood said.
She expected the district to continue to grow slightly for the next month, particularly in areas that are home to the children of migrant farmers during the winter season.