(Orange, Texas)

September 16, 2013

WO-C enrollment increase breaks trend

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — West Orange–Cove CISD is pleased to see an increase in enrollment this year, breaking a long-standing trend of declining enrollment.

First day enrollment figures for WO-C CISD show an increase of 59 students, up three percent from 2235 students on the first day of the 2012-2013 school year to 2294 students on the first day, this school year.

“This is a historic day because we have stopped the downward spiral of enrollment in this district, an overall trend that has continued for the past 12 years,” James Colbert, Superintendent said.

Through the tenth day of classes, the trend is holding, with enrollment still increasing.

Since the first day of classes on August 26, all WO-C CISD campus enrollment numbers have increased. North Early Learning Center has gained two students. West Orange–Stark Middle School has gained 20; and West Orange–Stark Elementary and High School campuses have each gained 41 students, respectively.

The overall growth in enrollment since the first day of classes is 104 students, a four percent increase.

Enrollment is a byproduct of many elements, Colbert said.

Some of the attributes that can impact school district enrollment are the economy, property values, job opportunities, academic performance, quality of facilities, and service, among others.

West Orange-Cove CISD enrollment growth may have been impacted by facility upgrades, extra-curricular success, advancement in academic service and structure, leadership changes, and other transformative events.

 “It is my hope that our enrollment will continue to increase; and, as it does, that the community will also experience growth through new businesses, more residents, and increased property values,” Colbert said.