Lee County Schools’ enrollment steady

8Y2Q_djournal_education_school_bus_buses_stockBy Chris Kieffer
Daily Journal
TUPELO – Through two days of school, enrollment in the Lee County School District looks similar to last year.

The district currently has about 6,985 students, Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said on Thursday. That number is down 19 students from the second day of school last year.

The number will continue to climb during the next three weeks, Weeks said. The district’s official enrollment report doesn’t come until October.

“The enrollment is 19 under where we were last year, but I don’t see that being an issue,” Weeks said. “We will continue to see enrollment changes probably until after Labor Day.

“A lot of times, people who have family in Chicago, where they start later than we do, won’t come home until Chicago starts school. So we will get a lot more students then.”

Saltillo High School currently has 43 more students than it did at this time last year (968 total), and Mooreville Elementary School has 34 more students (772). Plantersville Middle School has 24 more students (274).

The largest declines are at Verona, which has 64 fewer students than this point last year (394 total), and Shannon High School, which is down 52 students (491).

Preliminary enrollment numbers for the Tupelo Public School District are expected to be released soon.

chris.kieffer@journalinc.com