First tally shows District 51 near 20,000 enrollment
By EMILY ANDERSON
The first day of school brought 19,557 students back to school in the Grand Valley, according to a preliminary student head count.
The figure does not include kindergartners, who are undergoing assessments for the first three days of school, and attendance is expected to follow an annual pattern of growing, especially between now and Labor Day, School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland said.
Last year, the first day count was 19,470.
“We basically look about even,” Kirtland said, adding first-day numbers often don’t show the full picture of the student count conducted on Oct. 1. The October count is used for K-12 education funding from the state. The district’s 2009-10 adopted budget was based on a prediction student population would not grow.
Last year the district had 22,274 students when the October count was conducted.
All District 51 schools were in session as of Wednesday.