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|Enrollment, School Choice figures being compiled|
School officials are compiling numbers on enrollment and School Choice this week as the 2012-13 school year gets underway.
"We should have some final numbers soon," according to Supt. Dr. Paul Nelson.
Nelson estimates that enrollment for the parish's 11 schools will total from 3,800 to 3,900, while Ferriday students signing up for School Choice totaled 83 through Tuesday.
He said the School Choice numbers will be finalized today (Wednesday).
"The 83 is a tentative number at this time and it represents less than 10 percent of the students enrolled in Ferriday schools," Nelson said.
Nelson said students at Ferriday Lower, Ferriday Upper and Ferriday Junior High are being offered School Choice, part of the federal No Child is Left Behind Program that is offered specifically to students who attend schools that score below 75 on school performance tests.
Students at these schools have the option through School Choice to attend another school in the parish.
Nelson said these students will be enrolled in either Vidalia or Monterey schools.
"Now that Ridgecrest is a magnet school, we don't have the option of sending any of the students there," Nelson said.
He added that "School Choice assignments are based on available seats at the receiving school. Junior high students will most likely be sent to Monterey because of the large enrollment at VJHS (Vidalia Junior High School)."
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