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GCPS enrollment projections on target

In its first enrollment count of the new school year, Gwinnett County Public Schools on Tuesday reported numbers that were on target with its summer projections.

The first count was 165,518 students, nearly 7,000 fewer than expected, but on track for the time of year.

“Even though the numbers are not where we think we will be post-Labor Day, they are where we thought they would be at this time,” spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

The district projects to eventually welcome 172,383 students, which is about 3,200 more students than last year.

The enrollment numbers often spike in the first month before the official count is set post-Labor Day.

Last year, for example, the second count rose by 4,185 more students, and the 2012-13 school year’s second count jumped by 3,984 students. Last year’s gain was the largest in a single year since 2007-08.

“We will continue to grow each count,” Roach said. “Our planners do feel these initial numbers are where we thought they would be.”

Last year, the district grew 6,547 students from the first to final count day.

The remaining counts will be on Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2.