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October 13, 2013

GISD sees boost in student population

GREENVILLE — Enrollment numbers jumped at Greenville High School this fall, as well as at the middle school and three elementary schools in the Greenville Independent School District.

The district’s overall student population at the start of the school year was up significantly when compared to last year, while many local schools are reporting a large segment of their enrollment as economically disadvantaged, according to reports to be presented this week to the Greenville ISD board of trustees.

The school board is also expected to seek waivers for more than a dozen classrooms which have exceeded the student to teacher ratio, with a vote scheduled during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Wesley Martin Administration Building, 4004 Moulton Street.

The board is set to receive reports on enrollment numbers from each campus in the district. The high school had 1,070 students enrolled this fall, compared 1,017 students at the start of the 2012/2013 school year. Greenville Middle School reported an enrollment of 656 students, up 20 from last year. Travis Elementary reported 351 students were enrolled, compared to 35 students last year. Crockett Elementary reported an enrollment of 405 students, compared to 364 students one year ago. And Lamar Elementary listed a population of 627 students as of last week, compared to 575 students at the start of school last year.

Carver Elementary saw its enrollment fall from 513 students last year to 473 students this fall. Bowie Elementary reported there were 465 students enrolled at the start of the school year, compared to 477 at the same point one year ago.

The L.P. Waters Early Childhood Center reported an enrollment of 269 students this fall, five fewer than last year.

The Sixth Grade Center’s student population was unchanged from last year, with 358 students enrolled.

The student population at many of the elementary schools was listed as economically disadvantaged, according to the reports; including at Carver (91.5 percent), Crockett (86.9 percent), L.P. Waters (81 percent) and Travis (79.8 percent).

Overall, 3,168 of the 4,830 students enrolled in the district this fall — 65.6 percent — were listed as economically disadvantaged, according to the reports.

The increases in enrollment have resulted in several classes having populations above the required 22:1 student to teacher ratio. As of Thursday Bowie Elementary had two kindergarten classes above the ratio; while Lamar Elementary reported four kindergarten, four first grade, and four second grade classes above the ratio.

As such, the board of trustees is being asked to approve a Class Size Waiver for the current school year for the affected classrooms.

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