First-day school enrollment dropped overall in Texas County, according to numbers released by the seven districts.
Students at county schools totaled 4,021, which was down 50 from the first day last year. Four districts showed declines: Houston, Plato, Raymondville and Success. Houston had 64 fewer students. Plato lost 15. Raymondville had 35 fewer pupils. Success showed three fewer.
At Houston, the county’s largest district, there were 1,013 in the classrooms. The breakdown by school, Elementary, 420; middle school, 214; and high school, 348. The biggest decline occurred in the high school, where there was a drop of 38; followed by 15 fewer at the elementary. Pre-school students totaled 31 on the first day.
Summersville had the biggest jump on the first day compared to last year with 37 additional. Cabool’s head count was up 22.
Districts and their superintendents keep close track of enrollment totals because it directly affects state funding and other budget-related issues.