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Robertson County School enrollment down slightly

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Students from Krisle Elementary School prepare to eat lunch. JIM BELLIS

The 2017-18 student enrollment in Robertson County Schools has gone down one percentage point this year, compared to the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to Robertson County Schools Director Chris Causey.

"I have a feeling that will grow as the year progresses," Causey said. "We always seem to gain a lot more than we lose."

Causey shared the enrollment numbers during the Robertson County Commission's education committee meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, just prior to the board of education meeting.

Elementary enrollment for the district is about three percent lower this year than the previous year, according to a chart Causey distributed to the committee.

During the 2016-17 academic school year, there were 8,201 students enrolled in Robertson County's elementary grades, kindergarten through eighth grade. That number for the 2017-18 academic year stands now at 7,989.

Pre-k enrollment dropped this year by 14-percent, according to Causey.

High school enrollment, however, has seen four percent growth this year, due mostly to the number of students enrolled at Springfield High School.

Other than Springfield High School, most Robertson County high schools stayed about the same as last year, Causey said.

Districtwide, there were 3,267 high school students at the end of the 2016-17 school year and 3,392 enrolled this year.

The number of East Robertson and Greenbrier High School students went down by two-percent and one-percent, respectively.

White House Heritage High School enrollment grew by three-percent and Jo Byrns grew by one-percent.

There were 1,047 students enrolled at Springfield High School at the end of the 2016-17 academic school year.

This year's Springfield High School enrollment is 1,160 students, up 11-percent from the previous year, which created quite a few teaching positions that needed to be filled, according to Causey.

The virtual school has also reported growth at 12-percent. Twenty-eight students are now enrolled in that program.

Grades K - 8 Elementary enrollment districtwide

2016 - 2017 2017-2018

8,201 7,989

Grades 9 - 12 High school enrollment (minus middle schools students)

2016 -2017 2017 - 2018

3,267 3,392

District total:

2016 -2017 2017 - 2018

11,468 11,381

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