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Hillsborough school enrollment tops 200,000

Enrollment in Hillsborough County Public Schools topped 200,000 students for the first time, according to a Tuesday count by the school district.

"People are wanting to attend our schools, people are moving into the area," said Stephen Hegarty, a spokesman for the school system. "We think that's great."

The head count, taken on the 20th day of the school year, found 201,363 students sitting in Hillsborough classrooms. That's 2,313 more students, or a 1.2 percent increase, over last school year. The numbers include public charter school students.

The district also saw growth the previous year, adding 2,995 students, after several years of flat enrollment that many attributed to the economy. Before the recession, it was common for enrollment to jump every year by 4,000 or 5,000 thousand students.

Most of the growth was seen in south county, where there's room for more houses, Hegarty said.

The district plans to build a new elementary school in Ruskin, near Lennard High School, in 2014.

Contact Lisa Gartner at lgartner@tampabay.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@lisagartner).

Hillsborough school enrollment tops 200,000 09/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:52pm]
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