The Wayne County School District enrollment was up on opening day, August 15th , compared to last year’s first day of classes. While the attendance generally fluctuates the first few days of each new school year, attendance figures showed an increase of 63 students, according to Wayne County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Stewart York.
Last year the district had 3,005 students present, compared to 3,068 students this school year.The largest increases were at Bell Elementary, representing first and second grade, with 43 more students. Walker Early Learning Center had 31 more kindergarten students (Preschool has not yet begun) present. Wayne County High School showed 14 more students with their total enrollment at 956 students this year. Additionally, there were slight enrollment increases at Wayne County Learning Academy, Lake Cumberland Youth Development Center, and Otter Creek.
The local census changes each year and county population figures had been experiencing an overall downward trend in recent years, so the increase in the younger aged children is encouraging news.