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Enrollment down in RISD for first day

Gause up by 11 percent


Front steps at Rockdale Elementary were busy place for all family members at 7:45 a.m. Monday as classes began for 2012-13. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Front steps at Rockdale Elementary were busy place for all family members at 7:45 a.m. Monday as classes began for 2012-13. Reporter/Mike Brown First-day enrollment in the Rockdale ISD was down 28 students on the first day of the 2012- 13 school year Monday, when compared to last year.

Dr. Howell Wright, superintendent, said 1,543 students were enrolled at the district’s four campuses Monday. That compares to 1,571 on the first day of 2011-12.

Virtually all the decrease was at Rockdale High School which logged 433 students Monday, down 25 from 458 on the first day last year.

The elementary campus was up one, going from 424 to 425.

Rockdale Intermediate School was down two, logging 345 on Monday, compared to 342 last year.

The junior-high enrolled 340 on M0nday, down two from 342 one year ago.

First-day enrollment two years ago was 1,660.

GAUSE—The big gainer in South Milam County schools was the Gause ISD, where the 208 who showed up Monday were notable for a couple of reasons:

• It represents an increase of 11 percent, compared to the 185 who enrolled on the first day of 2011-12.

• That’s exactly the figure estimated by Supt. Perry Bell last week.

Gause school serves grades pre-K through eight.

MILANO—In Milano, firstday enrollment was 398, up four from 394 last year.

Supt. Robert Westbrook said on Monday, 172 enrolled in the elementary, 87 in the junior-high and 139 in the high school.

THORNDALE— Supt. Dr. Craig Spinn said 555 enrolled in the Thorndale ISD, including 236 in the elementary, 128 in the junior-high and 191 in the high school.

That compares to 570 on the first day of 2011-12.


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