Madison County school bells rang Friday morning, Aug. 15, and 4,714 children and teens filled classrooms at the county’s seven schools.
That enrollment number was down slightly from last year.
“When comparing numbers of students registered to last year, our total is lower than the first day last year by about 130 students — many of those being at the high school,” said assistant superintendent Bonnie Knight.
However, Knight said students are still registering.
“We are expecting some of the numbers to grow,” said assistant superintendent
Knight noted that Danielsville Elementary School had a large fifth grade class last year but is smaller this year. Meanwhile, Hull-Sanford Elementary School has picked up 50-plus students over the last day of school in 2013-14.
“All our class sizes are below the state maximum class sizes,” said Knight. “We have two that are right at the maximum we are watching but remember part of being a charter system is a class size waiver allowing us flexibility in this area.”
First-day enrollment at Madison County schools was as follows: Colbert Elementary School, 402; Comer Elementary School, 385; Danielsville Elementary School, 434; Hull-Sanford Elementary School, 570; Ila Elementary School, 452; Madison County Middle School, 1,106; and Madison County High School, 1,312.
While traffic in Danielsville was bad on the first day of school, Superintendent Allen McCannon said the flow has been better over the past few days.
“Traffic around MCHS has greatly improved,” he said. “We want to thank parents for learning and following the new plan.”