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Lebanon schools eye growth

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Lebanon Special School District administrators expect a slight increase in enrollment for the upcoming school year that begins Friday.

Director of Schools Scott Benson said registration day was “a great day and a very active day.”

All indications from the system’s registration day Monday are “that our numbers are going to be up a little bit,” according to Benson

The system decided to redistrict following the end of last school year to help alleviate space issues at some of the schools. Benson said the whole purpose of the redistricting was “to balance the numbers” between the schools. Another overcrowding issue was addressed at Winfree Bryant Middle School with the addition of 10 new classrooms.

Benson said the addition is “on schedule, and might be a little ahead of schedule. We are hoping to move in at fall break, which is mid-October. The original move-in date was Nov. 1.”

He said he also heard from about half the principals in the district, and two or three told him they felt like their numbers would be up from last school year. There are also several “non-confirmed” registrations, according to Benson, which are “people who registered in the spring and did not show up [Monday].”

Benson said the true evaluation of numbers would happen Friday.

“We’ll have a really good idea, because we’ll have students in the seats,” he said.

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