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Enrollments grow at schools

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
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Most Wise County school districts entered September with significantly higher enrollments than in May.

The increased number of students could increase state funding, if the average daily attendance remains higher than last year.

Paradise’s enrollment jumped from 1,184 students to 1,245 at the end of August.

Paradise ISD Superintendent Paul Uttley said the district took a conservative approach to its budget planning in regards to the increased average daily attendance.

“We can’t get too excited. We’re just two weeks into the school year, and the numbers could fluctuate,” Uttley said. “If the enrollment trend holds true, we could put some money back into fund balance.”

Decatur’s enrollment was up 18 students to 3,391 on the final day of August as compared to the 3,373 students that ended last school year. The district picked up several students since the first day of school.

Decatur projected an enrollment of 3,425.

Bridgeport’s enrollment hit 2,079 at the end of August. Chico was at 614 in the final week of August.

Alvord added 28 students between May and Aug. 30, reaching an enrollment of 735.

Slidell picked up 13 students, increasing from 259 to 272.

Northwest opened the school year with an estimated 24,000 students. Northwest High School had an enrollment of 1,819 students. Chisholm Trail Middle School was at 470 students. Prairie View Elementary had 446 and Seven Hills Elementary 554.

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