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Districts show slight growth in enrollment

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By Kelly Cantrall

With a few slight instances of growth, public school enrollment offered few surprises this year.

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Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools saw increased enrollment. HCS, near the end of August, had 14,679 students enrolled, and EIS reached 2,575 students.

This is the first year the EIS district has included more than 2,500 students, said Nate Huggins, assistant superintendent for student and district support services. The district, at the end of August, had 99 more students than at the end of the 2012-13 year in May.

Enrollment decreased at Helmwood Heights Elementary School and Panther Academy, Huggins said, in line with projections based on pre-registration.

“We’re pretty close to where we thought they’d be,” he said.

Many institutions in Hardin County Schools had fewer students at the end of August than projected, but it’s common for the numbers to rise through September before stabilizing, said Bobby Lewis, associate superintendent for student services.

Lewis suggested deactivation of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team could affect enrollment figures, but he wasn’t sure how severely. Deactivation would create a net loss of about 3,300 soldiers and their families in the area. 

A few schools in the northern end of the county, such as North Hardin High School, North Middle School and Radcliff Elementary School, have lower enrollment than anticipated as of now, which Lewis suggested stems from overseas deployments.

Central Hardin High School is above its projected figure of 1,827, which Lewis attributed to students attending the school from outside of their home district. Central receives more of those requests than the other two high schools, he said.

By policy, a school with less than 95 percent of the building’s capacity filled can accept students who normally would attend a different school in the system. 

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.

 

Enrollment figures for the local schools

 

Elizabethtown Independent Schools

Elizabethtown High School - 769

T.K. Stone Middle School - 580

Helmwood Heights Elementary School - 405

Morningside Elementary School - 516

Panther Academy - 271

Hardin County Schools

Central Hardin High School - 1,877

John Hardin High School - 981

North Hardin High School - 1,484

Bluegrass Middle School - 610

East Hardin Middle School - 739

J.T. Alton Middle School - 692

North Middle School - 548

West Hardin Middle School - 555

Creekside Elementary School - 556

G.C. Burkhead Elementary School - 703

Heartland Elementary School - 617

Howevalley Elementary School - 303

Lakewood Elementary School - 559

Lincoln Trail Elementary School - 533

Meadow View Elementary School - 526

New Highland Elementary School - 684

North Park Elementary School - 575

Radcliff Elementary School - 421

Rineyville Elementary School - 572

Vine Grove Elementary School - 443

Woodland Elementary - 486

LaRue County Schools

LaRue County High School – 742

LaRue County Middle School – 574

Hodgenville Elementary School – 587

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School – 538

West Point Independent School - 168