Cherokee County student forecast too low
by Michelle Babcock
August 31, 2013 12:35 AM | 2611 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee County School District concluded its 20th day of the school year Friday, and the latest figures show that the district exceeded its projected peak enrollment by 294 students, bringing total enrollment up to 39,644 students.

CCSD will use the 20-day enrollment numbers to publish its annual Inventory of School Housing report, said School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby on Friday.

“The School District uses this data to review allotments and determine if additional staff is needed to maintain class size within the state-waiver limits,” Jacoby said. “The School District also uses the data to publish its annual Inventory of School Housing and ‘critical overcrowding’ report, which should be completed next week.”

Friday’s enrollment of 39,644 is an increase of 424 students since last school year’s day-20 enrollment number of 39,220.

“The 20-day enrollment total typically is the peak of enrollment, but it does not mean additional students will not enroll between now and the end of the school year,” Jacoby said.

Jacoby said the report determines if schools are considered to be “critically overcrowded,” which means they are “operating at more than 140 percent capacity with the use of existing” mobile classroom units.

“(The report) is used by school communities to determine if any action, such as boundary redrawing or the use of additional portable classrooms, is needed,” Jacoby said.

The district projected peak enrollment was 39,350 students this school year, but that number was surpassed on the fifth day of school at 39,386. First-day enrollment this school year was 38,778 students.

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