By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Enrollment has increased this year in both the Tupelo and Lee County school districts, according to preliminary data released last week by both districts.
Lee County has 261 more students, for a total enrollment of 7,137 students. That is an increase of 3.8 percent.
Tupelo added 86 students, or 1.1 percent, for a total enrollment of 7,565 students.
Tupelo’s data is compared to the same time last year. Lee County’s is comparing Sept. 5 of this year to Sept. 30 last year.
Lee County saw increases at nine of its 13 schools. The largest rise came at Saltillo High School, which grew by 74 students for a total of 884 students.
Mooreville Middle bumped its enrollment by 68 students, Verona Elementary added 50 and Saltillo Primary gained 46.
The four Lee County schools with enrollment dips were Shannon High School, Mooreville High School, Shannon Elementary and Saltillo Elementary. Shannon High fell by 53 students, and Saltillo Elementary by one student.
Tupelo saw growth at five of its 10 schools that kept the same grade configuration as the year before. That total does not include Carver or Lawhon Elementary Schools, which were changed by a district merger.
The biggest gainers in Tupelo were Tupelo High School, which had 90 new students for an enrollment of 2,152, and Milam Elementary, which added 84 students for a total of 611. The Early Childhood Education Center, Parkway Elementary and Thomas Street Elementary also grew.
Lawndale Elementary had the biggest decline, with 49 fewer students.
The TPSD merged Carver and Church Street Elementary Schools this year, with the kindergarten and first grade students attending Carver and the second grade going to Lawhon.
The combined enrollment of Carver and Lawhon this year is 23 fewer than the total for Carver, Lawhon and Church Street last year.
Chart with more on enrollment inside today’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.