The new school year got off to a fine an enthusiast start at all Upshur County schools whose superintendents The Mirror was able to reach this week.
Supt. Rick Albritton at Gilmer ISD said that “things have gone very well.”
He helped, as has become his tradition, with traffic direction at the Elementary campus the first three days. He said that all kids were in class by 9 a.m. each day, and that the last car of parents picking up kids left by 3:45 p.m.
(During the first week, school let out about 3:15-3:20. After the Monday holiday, it will go to the normal 3:30 p.m. release, and he expects that traffic flow will be complete by 4 p.m.)
“We got everybody home” safely, “That’s always a concern,” with new students, etc., he said. “There were a few children that got on the wrong bus, but we quickly fixed that problem.”
He said that the enrollment the first week is up significantly from the end of the 2012-2013 school year, at 2,397 total. Last year ended with 2,305 total.
By campus, Elementary was at 999, Intermediate (grades 5 and 6) was 376, Bruce Junior High (grades 6, 7 and 8) was 333, and High School was 685, a whopping 50 over last year.
“We are expecting a very good school year,” Albritton said.
Harmony ISD Supt. Jed Whitaker said Wednesday that 1,043 were enrolled, down about 20 overall from last year.
He attributed that to graduating a large senior class in May, with the incoming Kindergarten down some.
Brian Gray, superintendent at Union Grove ISD, said that 759 were enrolled, up 12 from the 747 they finished the last school year with. This includes 434 in pre-K through 6th grade, 120 in grades 7 and 8, and 204 in high school, 9 through 12.
Big Sandy ISD Supt. Scott Beene said that the first few days of school have gone so well that “it’s scary, sometimes. It’s been really, really smooth.”
Their numbers are down a hair from the ending of the last academic year in May, with 690 total. They ended with 693, he said.
By campuses, the breakdown is 325 in Elementary, 175 in Junior High (grades 6-8), and 190 in High School.
“It looks very well for this school year,” said Union Hill ISD Supt. Sharon Richardson. She said that she didn’t have exact numbers yet, but enrollment was up slightly in the 1A district, with most of that in the elementary campus.
She said they are still excited on their recent high rating on the STAARS (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) accountability results.
“It’s a tribute to our very dedicated faculty and staff,” she said.
Supt. Lynn Heflin said enrollment the first week at Ore City ISD is up 30 over last year, at 855 on Tuesday.
They stay as the smallest school in their 2A UIL district, he said.
The enrollment includes 438 at the Elementary, 200 in Middle School, and 217 in High School.
New Diana ISD’s administrative office could not be reached by press time.