School district reports rise in enrollment

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Denton school district enrollment increased by more than 1,000 students from one year ago, and the number continues to grow.

Denton completed its first week of school with 25,588 students. The same time last year, the district had 24,629 students, figures show.

And the district has added more than 100 students so far this week; on Thursday the district reported 25,697 students.

The district ended the 2011-12 year with more than 24,700 students.

Assistant Superintendent Robert Bostic said he speculates that the increase in enrollment is related to more families moving into the district.

He said about 40 percent of the land in the school district is inhabited, so the district has some room to grow. Bostic said the district’s seen the most growth in its southern and eastern regions.

The district projected enrollment to grow by about 1,000 students and enrollment is at about that level, Bostic said. He said he believes the district will continue to grow.

According to data from consulting firm Templeton Demographics, the Denton school district is the fifth fastest-growing school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth region behind Frisco, Northwest, Dallas and Keller. The data was based on a second-quarter new home closing report.

“We absolutely love it,” Bostic said of the growth. “We want as many children as we can to come out and see what we have to offer in Denton ISD. We want them to move to our community.

“We continue to want to see the district grow by leaps and bounds.”

Also seeing growth in enrollment are the Aubrey, Argyle, Krum and Sanger school districts.

Sanger school officials reported an enrollment total of 2,661 at the end of school’s first week last week. That’s a 65-student increase from the first week of the 2011-12 year and a 73-student increase at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Superintendent Kent Crutsinger last week said that with the increase in student enrollment, Sanger projects an additional $220,000 coming to the district in the form of state revenue.

Aubrey school officials reported that enrollment on Aug.31 totaled 1,964 students. The same time last year, the district had 1,891 students enrolled. Aubrey ended the 2011-12 school year with 1,903 students.

Superintendent James Monaco calls the enrollment growth good news. It was a big help to the budget, which included the hiring of five new teachers, he said.

The Argyle school district has grown by 55 students based on the district’s enrollment counts and the end of the first week for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. Argyle reported having 1,862 students enrolled Aug. 31. The same time last year, the district had 1,807 students. Argyle finished the 2011-12 year with 1,808 students.

The district has reached its enrollment projection and Superintendent Telena Wright contributes that to the limited open enrollment program. A total of 75 students are attending school in Argyle through the program, she said.

Krum school officials reported an enrollment of 1,880 students at the end of school’s first week, 105 students more than was reported the same time last year. The 2011-12 year ended with 1,787 students enrolled and since then, the district has seen a nearly 6 percent increase in enrollment.

In June, Krum school district officials said they would be hiring eight new teachers to accommodategrowth in enrollment.

In Ponder, enrollment has stayed even, Superintendent Bruce Yeager said.

“The economy is holding steady and our enrollment is holding steady,” he said.

Ponder school officials reported enrollment at 1,229 at the end of last week, seven students shy of what the district started the 2011-12 year with. The district ended the 2011-12 year with 1,259 students. Yeager said that until there’s an uptick in house sales, he expects enrollment to remain about the same.

Pilot Point school officials reported an enrollment of 1,504 students at the end of the first school week. That is 25 fewer students than the district had around the same time last year and two students fewer than Pilot Point ended the 2011-12 school year with.

Superintendent Glenn Barber said he expects enrollment to remain flat throughout the 2012-13 year.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com .

 


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