• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Student enrollment up slightly from last year

SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY School third-graders Gabby Valentine, left, and Bailee Christopher ate lunch Monday. An expansion of the school’s cafeteria and kitchen will shorten those times, currently 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., when lunches are served. Southside’s enrollment of 564 students is the highest among four public elementary schools in Woodford County Public Schools. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Enrollment in Woodford County Public Schools climbed to 3,921 students, according to schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. He said that’s up from the start (3,882) and end (3,906) of last school year.

“We’re pretty well where we thought we would be in most every building,” said Hawkins.

Enrollment numbers as of Aug. 16 include 1,265 students at Woodford County High School, 938 at Woodford County Middle School, 564 at Southside Elementary, 347 at Simmons Elementary, 350 at Northside Elementary and 407 at Huntertown Elementary, Hawkins said.

“I’m glad we did go up a little,” he said. “…Hopefully (our enrollment numbers) will go up incrementally throughout the course of the year.”

He said stable enrollment numbers help with planning and staffing.

An expansion of the kitchen and cafeteria at Southside Elementary, scheduled to begin this school year, will put the size of those spaces more in line with where they need to be for a building of that size, Hawkins said. “So that’s going to help them in terms of not having such a long period of time for lunch,” he added.

Currently, Southside begins serving lunch at 10:45 a.m. and continues serving lunch until the final lunch period ends at 1:15 p.m.

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