The first full week of school is now in the books, and administrators are pleased with what they are seeing after the first few days.
“We’re off to a great start,” Superintendent Henry Webb said Tuesday. “Everything is going really, really well.”
Webb said enrollment in Floyd County schools is about 70 students higher than had been expected, and he thinks that number could climb higher over the next few days.
As of the end of school Monday, there were 6,116 students enrolled in school, not counting preschool and head start students. That compares to 6,127 enrolled in school last year.
Webb said the system generally picks up a few more students each day until about the 10th day of school, so he believes this year’s enrollment will likely meet or exceed last year’s.
That’s a change for the school system. Webb said for about a dozen years, the school system would lose 80 or 90 students a year, as population in Floyd County dropped and some parents began taking their children to neighboring school districts.
This year and last year, however, Webb said the number has remained steady. He said he believes that is a sign of two things — that the population decline in Eastern Kentucky is beginning to level off and that local parents are beginning to trust Floyd County Schools again.
“The whole goal is to have a district where students want to come and don’t want to go elsewhere,” Webb said. “I think we’re doing a really good job of that.”
Overall, Webb said the opening of the school year has gone smoothly, other than the usual traffic problems of the first couple days of school.