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School bells set to ring Monday

RISD expecting 1,574 for starters

Your thermometer may not say it but your kids will. Summer is over.

School starts Monday for the 2012-13 term in Rockdale and throughout Texas and it ought to look almost the same as the first day in 2011, if estimates are true.

In the Rockdale ISD, an enrollment of 1,574 is forecast, almost identical to the 1,571 who answered the first bell last year.

RISD Supt. Dr. Howell Wright said 418 are expected at the elementary campus, 352 at the intermediate, 344 at the juniorhigh and 460 at the high school.

Elsewhere in south Milam County administrators predict steady enrollments in Thorndale and Milano and a sizable increase in Gause.

MILANO—Milano ISD has all “new” administrators. But not really. All three are former Milano principals who are returning to Eagle Country this year.

Milano native Robert Westbrook begins his first year as superintendent, with former principals Brad Jones taking over at the secondary campus, and Ruth Davenport at the elementary.

Milano expects about 400 students on Monday, compared to 394 last year.

THORNDALE—There’s also a new superintendent in the Thorndale ISD as Dr. Craig Spinn, who was hired during the spring, begins his first full school term.

He estimated a first-day enrollment of 546, compared to 570 on the first day of 2011.

GAUSE—In Gause, a first-day enrollment of 208 is anticipated, according to Supt. Perry Bell.

That compares to an enrollment of 185 last year.


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