More students are heading to class in Johnson County public schools this month.
Clark-Pleasant, Franlin, Center Grove, Edinburgh and Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson school districts all anticipate higher student enrollments this year. The largest increases are at Clark-Pleasant, which is expecting 150 new students, and Center Grove, which is expecting 88 new students.
Those boosts largely are because of the districts’ free full-day kindergarten
programs, Clark-Pleasant interim Superintendent Becky Courtney-Knight and Center Grove Chief Financial Officer Paul Gabriel said.
The increases in enrollments led Clark-Pleasant to add classes and Center Grove to hire three additional assistant principals for its elementary schools.
The total number of students will fluctuate over the next few weeks as families make last-minute moves, and districts will report their exact student counts to the state later in the term. The districts then will receive money from the state, ranging from about $4,700 to $5,600 per student.
Most of that money pays for districts’ employee costs, including salaries and insurance.
Center Grove’s enrollment projection is based on a study the district received from a Ball State University professor in the spring. For years, about 80 to 90 additional students enrolled annually, but last year the number of Center Grove students was down by about 70, Gabriel said.