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Preliminary figures suggest that enrollment is up for Ascension Parish Schools despite five of their campuses being closed due to damage from flooding. The unofficial count as of October 1 is 22,311 students, which is an increase of 128 students over the 2015 figures.
"Our district has consistently grown between 300 to 400 students each year for the past five years. A logical explanation for the smaller upward trend if flood-related impacts. Part of our recovery efforts will be to analyze enrollment data to confirm that and look at long-term trends," said Superintendent David Alexander.
While Galvez Primary had a slight increase in enrollment over the last year, Galvez Middle, Lake Elementary, St. Amant Primary, and St. Amant High all had a loss of students. The five flood-impacted campuses are down a total of 127 students over the 2015 numbers.
Eighteen of the district's 27 schools had enrollment increases this year. Most of growth occurred in the northern part of the parish, a trend that led to voters approving the funding of a $120 million construction bond back in April of 2016 to build four new schools throughout the parish. Those projects are making progress towards completion along with other flood recovery efforts throughout the district.
For more information about Ascension Parish Schools, visit www.apsb.org.