Enrollment on target at local schools

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One school sees highest number in 10 years.

By Calen McKinney

Enrollment at local schools is on target, and officials expect those numbers to increase even more as the school year continues.

At the Campbellsville Independent School District, enrollment stands at 1,075. Last year, the figure was 1,093.

At Campbellsville Elementary School, according to Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Mike Deaton, enrollment is the highest it has been in at least a decade, at 493 students. The District also boasts 38 preschool students, which is almost at its capacity, Deaton said.

At Campbellsville Middle, he said, enrollment tops out at 312. At the high school, there are 270 students.

"We are slightly lower than the beginning of last year, but that was expected due to the large senior class that we graduated and small eighth and ninth grades we currently have," Deaton stated in an e-mail. "We may have to look at hiring additional teachers if our enrollment continues to increase as it historically has as the year progresses."

At Taylor County Elementary School, there are 1,195 students. At the middle school, there are 631, and Taylor County High has 883.

"We anticipate more students enrolling as we get closer to Labor Day," Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook stated in an e-mail.

Taylor County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Angela Wheat said enrollment figures are more accurate after Labor Day because most students have returned from vacation and those who have moved have likely settled by then. She said most summer activities have also ended by Labor Day and students have gotten into their school year routines.

Cook said Taylor County's total enrollment figures are up about 50 students across the District when compared to last year's numbers. Several new students, he said, are coming from other states. He said the increase was expected.

Grades seven, eight, nine and 10 are all large classes this year, Cook said, with grade nine being the largest at 241 students

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