Brownwood ISD saw a 58-student increase in its enrollment from 2017 with the bulk of the growth in of the growth coming at the elementary and intermediate level. Northwest and Woodland Heights Elementary saw an increase of 11 students each from 2017-2018 while East saw the least increase with four students.
Coggin Intermediate School saw the most significant increase with 28 additional students enrolling for 2018-2019, but Brownwood High School saw a significant drop in enrollment — reporting 852 students compared to 993 students last year.
“We’re off to a great start. Enrollment is up about 58 kids from where it was last time this year,” said BISD Superintendent Joe Young, during last Friday’s State of the District Luncheon put on the Early and Brownwood chambers of commerce. “One thing we’re very excited about this year is our transfer situation. Last year, we had 185 transfers and this year we have about 247 so 62 coming from our district from surrounding areas. We think that is a testament to some of the things we’re up to.”
As previously reported, Young also had criticism for the district’s C TEA rating and proposed a new accountability system to keep parents at ease in the knowledge their children are receiving a proper education.
“Good men run great districts, but we’re all different and do different things,” Young said. “At our size and with the kids we have, we will never be able to do some of those things. We won’t be able to do it and if those are the most important things, then I encourage you to use everything in your power and go to that school.”
Early ISD also saw a significant increase overall, with superintendent Wes Beck forecasting an increase of 30 to 40 students joining the rolls and estimates an additional children will enroll following Labor Day.
“Our numbers are up, this week I think we had 44 kids enroll at the elementary school,” Beck said. “That’s always a good thing for us. We’re ready to go. We have some great things happening and some great things in the works that I can’t really tell you about right now. It’s a secret.”
While speaking at the joint chamber luncheon, Beck said he was proud of the district’s recent A rating by the TEA, but criticized the validity of the grading process.
“The grading system is so foul. We scored an A for one day that TEA chose to measure last year,” Beck said. “That’s how it works. Our kids and our staff work really hard and they did a great job and our kids did well, but that doesn’t begin to tell anybody what we actually do at the schoolhouse. The training, education and preparation we do with our kids is set to make them an important, integral member of the community here — the job market here. They need a different education in Early, Texas than they do in Houston, Texas. It’s not the same thing.”