ACS enrollment numbers up slightly

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 20, 2016

Andalusia Elementary School students prepare to go home.

Andalusia Elementary School students prepare to go home.

Andalusia City Schools is the only system in the county that saw an overall increase in enrollment, according to average daily membership numbers reported to the state department of education.

Each year, systems are required to submit enrollment numbers that record average daily membership (ADM) or daily enrollment.

Those numbers, which are gathered based on attendance the first 20 days after Labor Day, are used to determine the level of funding for a system – which includes teacher salaries – for the following fiscal year.

Andalusia city schools saw a increase of students from last year with a total of 1,744

ACS reported 489 students at the high school; 275 students at the junior high school; and 917 students at the elementary school.

Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson said there were 63 students also enrolled in pre-K.

Last year, ACS saw a 24-student increase from the previous year for a total of 1,736.

Overall, those numbers are down significantly from 1995-1996 school year where 2,089 students were enrolled. The 2004-2005 school year was the lowest enrollment for ACS with 1,625.

Watson said they are thankful that numbers have remained constant.

“We hate to lose a teacher unit,” he said. “And we won’t with these numbers.”