Enrollment at Metro Nashville Public Schools has unofficially increased to 77,000 students this school year, a 1,000-student increase from last year’s count.
The updated figure, taken as a snapshot on the eighth day of school, could increase even more by the time numbers are made official after Labor Day, with more students expected to trickle in and enroll late.
Student enrollment at MNPS last year stood at 76,000.
“Even though our enrollment appears to be up, our pupil-assignment people had projected that,” Director of Schools Jesse Register told school board members on Tuesday. “We’re very much on target on where we thought we would be in the final analysis for the projection.”
Schools with the largest enrollment spikes include Una Elementary School, up 134 from last year; Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet School, up nearly 100; and Shayne Elementary School, up 67.
While Metro school officials anticipated the enrollment jump, Register said a higher number of students relocated to new schools this year, which he attributed to May’s flooding.
“Based on my own sense of it, we’ve seen more children relocated this year than normal,” Register said.
On the teacher front, Register said Metro schools must address three elementary school teacher vacancies, three middle school vacancies and two high school teacher vacancies. He said more teachers could be needed if enrollment increases.
“With approximately 5,000 teachers, for a district to have only seven or eight positions that are vacant at this point in time is pretty good,” Register said.
In terms of transportation, Register said MNPS is currently lacking an adequate number of substitute bus drivers.
Last night’s Metro Nashville Board of Education meeting marked the first for three new members, who were each sworn in after the meeting commenced.
New District 8 school board member, representing parts of Green Hills, is Michael Hayes. David Fox previously held the seat.
New District 6 school board member, representing parts of Antioch, is Cheryl Mayes. Karen Johnson previously held the seat.
New District 4 school board member, representing parts of Donelson and Hermitage, is Anna Shepherd. Steve Glover previously held the seat.