ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The first few weeks of school are officially behind us. Students and parents are back in the routine of going to school. Now, administrators are looking at their enrollment numbers and comparing them to last year to see where they stand.
We spoke with Abilene ISD Superintendent David Young and Wylie ISD Superintendent Joey Light to see what those numbers look like.
“We are 16,840 students at Abilene ISD,” AISD Superintendent David Young says. “That’s actually about 104 or 105 down from last year.”
Young says Abilene High enrollment is up while Cooper High enrollment is down.
“We’re seeing a pretty significant difference in the enrollments between those schools of about 350 kids,”
Young says AISD’s middle school enrollment has increased while the elementary enrollment has decreased.
Since the state of Texas requires a 22:1 student to teacher ratio for Kindergarten through 4th grade, this means AISD has had to adjust.
“We did have to move a couple of teachers in the first week of school from grade levels on campuses where we were down and had an extra teacher that we moved those to a place that we needed a teacher,” Young says.
As for Wylie ISD, Superintendent Joey Light says enrollment is up across the board.
“Right now we have 2,200 students in Pre-K through 5, which is up around 43 students over last year,” Light says.
Middle school is up 35 students and high school enrollment is up about 75 students. Light says he anticipates Wylie ISD to continue growing.
“According to our demographers, they actually see a trend of about 200 students a year worth of growth over the next 9 years,” Light says.
Light says he attributes the growth of Wylie ISD to the growth of the population on the south side of Abilene.