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Hallsville ISD has biggest area enrollment gain

By Christina Lane
Nov. 1, 2011 at 10 p.m.

Student enrollment at most area school districts remained relatively flat with some moderate increases. However, at Hallsville ISD, that was far from the case.

Hallsville saw an increase of 145 students this year from one year ago, said district spokeswoman Carol Greer. Longview's Spring Hill ISD had the second-highest enrollment increase among Longview-area schools with 44 more students enrolled compared with a year ago.

About 90 students of Hallsville's 145-student increase came from out-of-district transfers, which the district allowed for the first time this school year. With a cost of $800 per student (or $1,200 per family) and state revenue of $5,500 per student, each transfer generates about $6,300 for the school district.

Hallsville's elementary school saw the district's largest increase with 65 students; Hallsville High School had an additional 46 students; the junior high had an extra 37 students; and pre-kindergarten enrollment was up 18 students. Hallsville Middle School saw the district's only decrease of 16 students.

"Every campus at Hallsville ISD and the district has been rated exemplary or recognized since 2009," Greer said.

"All campuses and the district were exemplary in 2010, and four campuses were exemplary in 2011 with two recognized."

Greer also noted that new subdivisions have been and are continuing to be built in the district, and the district was able to build new schools from a $96 million bond election in 2007.

Longview ISD and Kilgore ISD each increased by 26 students from the year before, while Pine Tree, Gladewater and White Oak maintained relatively flat enrollment rates.

Kilgore ISD Superintendent Jody Clements noted a spike in the district's Hispanic population.

Kilgore's Hispanic enrollment grew by 89 students, while white and black subpopulations decreased by 40 students and 26 students, respectively.

The biggest area of Spring Hill's 44-student enrollment increase was at the primary school, while the district's decreases occurred at the high school, with 10th grade dropping 18 students, said Superintendent Wes Jones.

"We are very excited about the growth at Spring Hill ISD," Jones said.

"We feel our growth is due mainly to the new high school, newly renovated intermediate school, the opportunity for building along the new George Richey extension road, plus all of the Spring Hill achievements both academically and extracurricular."



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