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Tanner Elementary first grade teacher, Misty Dindlebeck, greets Tyler Goode and his mother, Carol Goode, on Thursday morning. At left front are classmates Jason Crowson and Destiny Creel. Tyler has been doing chores on a farm all summer and his mom hopes he can adjust to the classroom.
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Tanner Elementary first grade teacher, Misty Dindlebeck, greets Tyler Goode and his mother, Carol Goode, on Thursday morning. At left front are classmates Jason Crowson and Destiny Creel. Tyler has been doing chores on a farm all summer and his mom hopes he can adjust to the classroom.

BACK TO SCHOOL
Decatur has a good start to school
Enrollment, however, down 117 students from last August

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

Decatur Superintendent Sam Houston sent his central office supervisors into the schools Thursday to check for problems on the first day.

Houston said he got “excellent” reports from every school.

“It was almost like they’d been in school all summer,” Houston said.

Enrollment dropped, however, as compared to last year’s opening day.

The system opened with 8,150 students, 117 fewer than in August 2006.

Ironically, three schools in what is supposed to be one of Decatur’s growth areas lost students. Cedar Ridge Middle School was down 52 to 677. Chestnut Grove Elementary had 31 less, falling to 408, and Frances Nungester dropped 39 to 356. Decatur High also lost 50 students to fall to 914.

Austin High led in increased enrollment. The school added 41 to reach 1,408.

Banks-Caddell added 12 students to go to 366 and Walter Jackson Elementary had 10 more for 228.

“The number changes may be nothing more than the day of the week we started or starting a day earlier than we did last year,” Houston said.

“It’s hard to tell until we’ve had several days of class.”

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