District Growth

Roy J Smith Middle School students eat lunch in the school's cafeteria Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Nearly 1,230 students attend the school.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

The Killeen Independent School District continues to grow, as shown by the annual snapshot required by the Texas Education Agency.

On the fourth Friday of October, all Texas school districts counted their students.

The number was submitted to the TEA and is considered when calculating funding for the districts.

The number is known as the “Average Daily Attendance,” according to DeEtta Culbertson, TEA spokeswoman.

KISD’s peak enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year so far is 44,378 on Nov. 15, but on the Snapshot Day the number recorded — unofficially — was 44,201, according to Jeff Heckathorn, KISD public education information management system coordinator and district demographer.

Last year’s KISD snapshot showed 43,782 students on the TEA report.

The increase in students for KISD is 419 this year.

COVE ISD

In the Copperas Cove Independent School District, the Snapshot Day count was 8,151, according to Wendy Sledd, CCISD director of communications.

That’s an increase of 52 students from the TEA number of 8,099 last year.

Gayle Booth, public education information management system director for the Salado Independent School District, said the district had 1,854 students in attendance on Snapshot Day this year. That number reflects an increase of 101 students from the 1,753 reported for the 2016-2017 school year, according to the TEA.

Gatesville ISD had 2,788 students in attendance the fourth Friday of October, said Darrell Frazier, chief financial officer for the district. Last year, there were 2,815 students in the district, reflecting a decrease of 27 students in the past year.

Belton schools have continued to grow, according to its numbers.

Belton Superintendent Susan Kincannon said in a board meeting this week the district increased by 419 students in a year.

“We grew by approximately 3.8 percent this year. Our official student count for this school year was 11,535 students.”

Temple Independent School District had 8,620 students, down from 8,643 students last year, according to district spokesman Matthew LeBlanc.

Mariel Williams with FME News Service contributed to this report.

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