CCPS en­roll­ment at all-time high

Times-Record - - NEWS - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­[email protected]­o­line­times­record.com

DEN­TON — Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools’ to­tal stu­dent en­roll­ment has reached an all-time high, with 5,532 stu­dents en­rolled in kin­der­garten through 12th grade as of Sept. 30.

The Sept. 30 count, which ac­counted for all stu­dents cur­rently en­rolled, not just those phys­i­cally present that day, showed a 60-stu­dent in­crease over the count on the same day the year be­fore.

Wil­liam Allen, su­per­vi­sor of pupil ser­vices, said at the Caro­line County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s meeting Tues­day, Oct. 2, that num­ber will not be of­fi­cial un­til the mid­dle of Novem­ber.

When it is of­fi­cial, that is the num­ber that will be used in for­mu­las to cal­cu­late state fund­ing and lo­cal main­te­nance of ef­fort, which stip­u­lates the lo­cal government must fund the same amount per pupil as in the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year.

Bro­ken down by level, there are 2,553 stu­dents at the el­e­men­tary level, a net de­crease of two stu­dents, and 2,979 stu­dents at the sec­ondary level, a net in­crease of 60.

The num­ber does not in­clude pre-kin­der­garten stu­dents. Allen said there are 281 4-year-old pre-kin­der­garten stu­dents cur­rently en­rolled in the county, but since stu­dents have to qual­ify to at­tend, there are more 4-year-olds who will be en­rolling in kin­der­garten next year.

Lock­er­man Mid­dle School in Den­ton, which al­ready grew by 18 stu­dents this year, will grow even more next year, Allen said, when this year’s large fifth grade classes at its feeder el­e­men­tary schools grad­u­ate.

Look­ing at class sizes, Su­san McCand­less, direc­tor of schools, said all five el­e­men­tary schools are on tar­get, with an av­er­age of 20 stu­dents per class.

McCand­less said a sixth teacher had to be hired to teach fifth grade at Greens­boro Ele­men­tar y School.

Core sub­ject classes in the county’s four sec­ondary schools are at a range of av­er­age num­ber of stu­dents: 22 at North Caro­line High School, 18 at Colonel Richard­son High School, 26 at Lock­er­man Mid­dle School and 23 at Colonel Richard­son Mid­dle School, McCand­less said.

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