Some 212 more students attended the first day at Jackson County Schools than last year. Enrollment numbers are up from 6,786 last year to 6,998 this year.
Largest growth was shown in schools on the west side, and the high school enrollment was up by 100 students.
“Our west community schools have seen a significant increase,” said superintendent April Howard. “The east side enrollment has remained the same.”
The system will take official enrollment numbers on the 10th day of class and Howard thinks that number may come near to 7,400 students.
In general, Howard says the first day of school ran smoothly, but she said there may be some adjustments to increase efficiency to bus routes.
No major security changes were seen in the first week in order to prepare the parents for the changes to come.
“We’re using the first week of school to make sure parents understand the new security,” said Howard. “We didn’t want to start the year with people not being able to get through the front door.”