School system planners: Enrollment on target

LAWRENCEVILLE -- More students were enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools on Tuesday -- the second day of school -- compared to a year ago, officials announced.

The enrollment count reflected a student population of 156,062 -- 1,170 more than were present on the second day of school last year.

This enrollment count -- the first of five -- is 4,869 below the projected enrollment of 160,931, GCPS spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Last year, the school system grew by 4,913 students from the first count through the final count, and enrollment grew by more than 5,000 students between the first and final counts in 2007 and in 2008, Roach said. School system planners indicate Tuesday's enrollment figures put the district on course to meet its day-after-Labor Day forecast.

The remaining enrollment counts will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 7.

Historically, enrollment continues to climb during the year, with the post-Labor Day count more accurately reflecting school enrollment, Roach said. Typically, the number of students peaks during the fourth or fifth school month.