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Halifax County enrollment continues to grow a week after school starts

By Justin Ward, jward@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 27 2013 06:20:53 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 27 2013 07:21:23 PM EDT

The high school has exactly 90 more students than when school started last Monday.

HALIFAX CO., Va. -

There's one thing that's obvious in every classroom at Halifax County High School, there are nearly no empty seats.

"There has been little to no decline in our student enrollment," said Albert Randolph, principal of Halifax County High School.

It's growing fast. When classes started last week, 1,582 students were enrolled. One week later attendance jumped to 1,672.
That's exactly 90 more students enrolled high school.

"Does that put a strain on the classrooms at all?" said WDBJ7's Justin Ward.

"Right. As we increase numbers it increases numbers in our sections. Our classes are averaging 25ish, which means it could be 26, 27 in some classes," Randolph said.

He says it's typical for students to show up after the first day.

"Some of the students have been on vacation," Randolph said. "There's another group that maybe choose not to come the first day of school."

This school year Halifax County is holding students more accountable by enforcing a stricter attendance policy.

"With the accountability that's put upon schools today and the expectations by our standards of learning, students must enroll early," Randolph said.

In Danville school leaders are having the polar opposite problem. Fewer students are enrolling each year. School board members say three elementary schools closed over the summer partly because of enrollment.

In Henry County an additional 100 students have enrolled since the new school year started.

Overall enrollment is down in Henry County from last year right now but the school system expects even more students to show up after Labor Day.