South Milam schools eye stable enrollment
Compared to the first day of classes in 2008, area superintendents are predicting a decrease of three students in Milano, an increase of four in Thorndale and up about three in Gause.
In Milano, Supt. Lindy Robinson said indications are about 436 students will answer the f irst bell on Monday.
That compares to 439 on the first day last August.
Robinson said estimates are 190 at the elementary, 95 at the junior-high and 151 at the high school.
The big change in the Milano ISD later this year will be the junior-high's move onto the high school campus.
Milano Junior-High will move into a portable building which formerly housed Rockdale ISD's fourth grade while the current juniorhigh will be renovated and become Milano's elementary school.
Those changes won't begin happening until around Christmas break.
New course offerings will include advanced mathematical decision making (AMDM).
"This course will be a great course for the exit-level TAKS," Robinson said.
In the Thorndale ISD, administrators are looking for 565 students on Monday, compared to the 561 on the first day of classes last August, according to Supt. Casey Callahan.
The enrollment projection breaks dow n to 209 in high school, 121 in middle school and 235 in the elementary.
There are new faces at the top in the Thorndale ISD.
Callahan is the new superintendent. He was hired in June after Thorndale went the entire 2008-09 term without replacing Gene Solis, who left in summer, 2008 for the Whitney ISD.
Business Manager Robert Lindemann was interim superintendent that term.
Thorndale also has a new high school principal, Hank Laywell, and Kade Burns becomes the TISD athletic director.
The Gause ISD is looking for 159 students on Monday, according to Supt. Perry Bell.
Gause ISD is a pre-K through eighth grade district.
Enrollment fluctuated between 150 and 156 in 2008-09, he said.
Gause also has a new superintendent as Bell replaces Brenda Albright.