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Enrollment up in Forsyth County Schools; first redistricting map due out soon

FORSYTH COUNTY — With the Labor Day holiday comes the conclusion of the first month of school for the Forsyth County system, and more students keep walking through the classroom doors.

District officials said in early August they expected enrollment numbers to continue to rise through the first few weeks. And attendance reports for the first month appear to verify that.

According to the district’s first-month attendance report, 44,197 students are enrolled. That’s up from 44,114 recorded after the first week.

Mike Evans, the system’s director of information and instructional support services, said at last month’s school board meeting that enrollment numbers generally follow this initial rise because not every student makes it to class the first week.

All five public high schools report more than 2,000 students. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Forsyth Central had about 1,800 students. It’s currently at 2,158.

Lambert again has the most students (2,972), though South Forsyth is not far behind with 2,964. Last year the schools were 76 students apart. Lambert finished with 2,724 students, and South had 2,648.

North and West also inched closer in student numbers after this first month of school. North reported 2,417, while West currently has 2,409.

Last year, North ended with 2,302 students and West finished with 2,269.

Officials plan to wait until after the long holiday weekend to monitor enrollment trends that will be used for redistricting, which will take place later this fall, according to Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the system.

Redistricted lines will be presented as a draft — the first of three — to the board Thursday. If approved, it will be published online Friday for the public to review.

No major technology or transportation snags have been reported, Caracciolo said, other than typical hiccups.

After students return Tuesday, their next holiday will be in three weeks as the first-ever weeklong fall break is set for Sept. 28-Oct. 2.