LOWELL | The first batch of enrollment numbers for the Tri-Creek School Corp. show 29 fewer students than last year.
"We know we'll get more students," said Lynne Haberlin, Tri-Creek director of innovations in learning, curriculum and instruction. "There is an influx that waits until Labor Day."
As of Thursday, Haberlin said 1,420 students are enrolled in the elementary level. Only nine spaces are left, she said, based on classroom sizes stipulated in the Tri-Creek Teachers' Organization contract.
Haberlin said elementary students registering now likely would be transferred to Lake Prairie Elementary School where space remains. In one instance, she pointed out, another bus would be required if only one student is added at a particular grade level.
Haberlin explained there will be a few fifth-graders at Lowell Middle School this year. Those students, she said, are receiving "intense interventions."
Currently, the middle school enrollment is at 875 with 310 students in eighth grade, 301 in seventh grade and 260 in sixth grade.
Lowell High School's enrollment totals 1,216 students. There are 297 freshmen, 276 sophomores, 315 juniors and 327 seniors. One special education student has opted for a 13th year.