Enrollment for fall classes dips slightly in Tupelo district

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TUPELO, Mississippi — Enrollment fell slightly for the new school year in the Tupelo Public School District but exceeded the district's initial projections.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1m00ynS) that through Aug. 29 there were 7,056 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, a drop of 52 students compared to the same time last year.

Assistant Superintendent Kim Britton said the steady enrollment is encouraging.

At the end of each school year the district projects enrollment based on the students who will be promoted and retained.

Britton said the forecast for fall 2014 predicted a decline of 314 students. She said new enrollees outnumbered students who withdrew from the district.

Kindergarten enrollment also was higher than projected, with about 50 more students than last year. That is a difficult grade to project, Britton said.

Much of the district's decline came at Milam Elementary, its sixth-grade school. Milam dropped by 112 students to an enrollment of 495. Britton said the enrollment is still six students more than the district projected at the end of the last school year.

Pierce Street Elementary's enrollment fell by 18 students, while Parkway Elementary fell by 12 and Thomas Street Elementary by seven. Britton said that a couple of apartment complexes have closed recently the area served by the schools.

Enrollment increased at all other schools in the district.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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