Denton schools just one shy; other districts also assessing growth
Denton school officials say they’re confident the district will reach the enrollment count projected for its 2013-14 fiscal budget.
As of Thursday, the Denton Independent School District had an enrollment of 26,233. When the 2013-14 budget was adopted in June, projections were that the district would have an enrollment of 26,234. Meeting the projected enrollment allows the district to meet its projected budget figures, according to district officials.
Denton ISD’s attendance boundary encompasses 180 square miles.
Robert Bostic, assistant superintendent for academic programs, said enrollment continues to grow at a “fast pace” in the U.S. Highway 380 corridor and in the Lantana area.
“We’re happy that those kids are there,” Bostic said. “We’re happy to have those parents and families choose Denton ISD to educate their children.
“We continue to be pleased with the growth of the students and the population of students coming to Denton ISD.”
Bostic said he believes enrollment throughout the district will continue to grow through September.
District officials say enrollment in Denton ISD has increased by 25 percent from six years ago, with enrollment on the first day of classes totaling 20,410 in 2007, climbing to 25,491 on Aug. 26, the start of the 2013-14 school year.
According to a first-quarter growth report presented to the school board May 14, Denton ISD ranks third behind the Frisco and Northwest school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a new-home ranking report. According to the data, the Denton district in the first quarter of 2013 had 1,014 annual home starts and 949 closings. Annual home starts in Frisco ISD totaled 2,462, with closings at 2,015.
The report’s summary indicated that Denton ISD will see “continued growth” in new housing within its boundaries throughout 2013 and in 2014, with the vast portion of the new-home starts along the U.S. 380 corridor. According to the report’s summary, all four elementary school zones on U.S. 380 have more than 100 annual home starts each.
District officials say second-quarter growth data will be presented to the board later this month.
Pilot Point school officials say they’re slightly above the 1,400-student average on which their district’s 2013-14 fiscal budget was based.
As of Thursday, enrollment stood at 1,413. Officials said that any large loss in daily enrollment of students can impact the budget, resulting in potential budget adjustments. Dan Gist, the district’s assistant superintendent, said that wouldn’t mean a reduction in staff but cutting other costs in the best way possible.
Preliminary enrollment figures from the Argyle, Aubrey, Krum and Sanger school districts showed that enrollment is up compared to last year’s figures.
Officials in Krum are reporting an increase in enrollment of more than 100 students. From year to year, the district has generally seen enrollment grow by 5 percent, district spokeswoman Christina Kruse said. She said the district attributes the growth to construction on U.S. 380 and new families moving into the district.
Superintendent Cody Carroll said if enrollment figures remain consistent and Krum meets its 97 percent attendance goal, the district should meet enrollment projections used to build its current budget. Carroll added that historically, Krum has seen slight increases in enrollment over the course of the academic year.
District officials in Lake Dallas on Thursday reported the district’s current enrollment at 3,958. At the same time last year, the district had an enrollment of 4,001.
“So, it is relatively the same as numbers fluctuate throughout the year,” Melaynee Broadstreet, a district spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.
District officials in Lake Dallas reported no noticeable change in enrollment following the Labor Day holiday.
It’s unclear if enrollment growth is affecting the Ponder school district. At press time, preliminary enrollment figures for the district were not available.
In an interview last month, Ponder Superintendent Bruce Yeager said enrollment was expected to remain stagnant.
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