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Spike in school enrollment surprises Volusia County School District
By Al Everson
posted Sep 5, 2013 - 10:50:58am
The projected decline in Volusia County Schools for the new academic year has proven to be faulty.
Instead of another decrease, there is an increase in the number of children in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The School District's nine-day count, taken Aug. 29, shows 60,869 students in attendance, up markedly from the 60,400 in May near the end of the 2012-13 year.
"We're very pleased about that," said Nancy Wait, the district's director of community information. "We projected a drop of 600."
Wait said attendance numbers may rise again in the coming days.
"We expect a surge after Labor Day," she said.
Indications are that the new students are younger.
"I am hearing that kindergarten is up, which is an indication that there is growth and more young families are coming," Wait said.
The first day back to school was Aug. 19.
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