School enrollment is steady

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Brewton City Schools and Escambia County Schools are both holding steady in terms of enrollment, superintendents said Monday.

Both school systems released their average daily membership numbers, which they are required to submit to the state department of education.

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

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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 budget year.

Brewton City Schools was up 11 students at 1,126.

Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Varner said that Brewton Elementary School had 406 students, Brewton Middle School had 365 students and T.R. Miller High School had 355.

System-wide this is the highest enrollment reported since the 2015-2016 school year when there were 1,148 students enrolled.

In Escambia County Schools, the system is down 78 students system wide, Superintendent John Knott said.

“We are right at 4,270 students,” he said. “The two Flomaton schools were the biggest saw the biggest drop. We can analyze it every which way. We know that it is not in kindergarten. We noticed that they took a dip in some grades, but that’s not uncommon.

Those numbers are broken down as followed:

• Escambia County High: 389

• Escambia County Middle: 603

• Flomaton Elementary: 384

• Flomaton High: 475

• Huxford: 278

• Pollard: 244

• Rachel Patterson Elementary School: 490

• W.S. Neal Elementary: 558

• W.S. Neal Middle School: 401

• W.S. Middle High School: 408

• Compass School: 40

“As long as you stay within a 100 students one way or the other,” he said. “I term that we are very stable.”