Enrollment down from end of last school year
Student enrollment was down slightly from the end of last school year, according to Woodford County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. As of last Thursday, Woodford County schools had 3,938 students in its classrooms, he said. That's down from just over 4,000 students at the end of last school year. The district anticipated fewer students this year because of a change in the enrollment date for kindergartners, who had to turn 5 years old by Aug. 1. In previous years, students could begin kindergarten when they turned 5 years old by Oct. 1, Hawkins explained. "So we expected to be down just a little bit," he said. Across the district, Southside Elementary School continued to report the highest elementary enrollment numbers with 571 students, Huntertown Elementary stood at 409 students, Simmons Elementary had 389 students and Northside was at 342 students, according to Hawkins. With two elementary schools near 400 students, the 342 students at Northside - historically the elementary school with the lowest enrollment - was "a pretty good number to be at," said Hawkins. Woodford County Middle School had 915 students enrolled and Woodford County High School reported an enrollment of 1,285 students last Thursday, Hawkins said.