School examines student numbers

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

Early enrollment numbers for the Louisville Municipal School District show there were about 137 new students this school year compared with last year.

Superintendent William Wade shared the early enrollment numbers August 14 with school board members at the regular meeting, explaining that there were some dips at some schools and some increases at others. School started the previous week.

Overall, there are 2,860 students enrolled in LMSD schools. School officials still expect more students before official numbers are reported to the state sometime in September. “Projections and numbers don’t always match,” Wade said noting that the enrollment at Louisville Elemetary had already changed from 406 to 421 from the time he was working on the numbers to the time of the meeting.

Fair Elementary had the largest enrollment with 776.

“Fair is bursting at the seams,” said Wade. “We will need to do some planning for next year.”

Nanih Waiya and Noxapater both had gains in enrollment. Nanih Waiya went from 469 last year to 478 this year. Noxapater jumped from 389 last year to 443 this year. Wade noted part of that enrollment boost was the pre kindergarten class setup at the school for this year. Fair elementary has had one more added pre-K class that enrolled 20 students over last year.

Louisville High School had a drop in enrollment from 473 last year to 454 this year.

Enrollment numbers are a key factor in determining staffing needs and receiving funds from the state in the next budget year. In other business, the trustees:

• Approved consent agenda. •Reviewed the monthly financials of the district which including approving July bank balances. • Approved a transfer from Noxapater to Louisville High school since did meet the desegration majority to minority requirement. • approved teachers for homebound services. • Approved 3 Sixteen Section land leases. • Held an executive session on Test scores, Sixteen Section land dispute and personnel.

The next regular meeting is set for Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.