Classes to begin Tuesday in RISD

School bells will ring Tuesday morning in the Rockdale ISD

Tuesday is the first day of classes in the Rockdale ISD is among the many districts gearing up for the start of the 2017-18 school term.

ROCKDALE—School officials are looking for about the same number of students to answer the first bell Tuesday morning as did last August, but warn predicting attendance is an inexact science.

Last year, Rockdale ISD completed the first day with 1,506 students. The latest enrollment estimated show 1,505 this time around, according to Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum.

“That is not a prediction,” Kaufmann said. “We don’t always know who will fail to show up on the first day.”

Traditionally, enrollment goes up during the first week of classes.

If that guess is totally accurate, enrollment would rise at the elementary and intermediate campuses and drop at the junior-high and high school.

Here are the enrollment estimates by campus, with last year’s figures in parentheses:

Elementary—386 (377).

Intermediate—344 (331).

Junior-high—350 (368).

RHS—425 (430).

AREA SCHOOLS—In Milano, Supt. Robert Westbrook expects about 415, five more than began the 2017- 17 term.

In Thorndale, Supt. Adam Ivy said  enrollment should be close to the 575 who began classes on August, 2016.

Both emphasized those numbers represented “sheer guesses.”

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