Avon Schools begin new year with enrollment pop

Avon East principal Krista Kotecki was waiting to hug, high five and help students as they arrived by car for the first day of school last week. (Photo by Michele Murphy )

 

By MICHELE MURPHY

AVON – Lights were on a little earlier than they had been in recent months all over Avon last week as families prepared nearly 4,500 children and teens for the first day of school on Aug. 30.

District administrators visited schools to chat with waiting teachers, greet parents who were dropping children off and take photos, clap and wave as buses pulled up to the front door.

At Avon East, which serves students in kindergarten through second grade, enrollment is at 631, Superintendent Mike Laub said, as he stood at the front door awaiting arrival of students.

While Principal Krista Kotecki and teachers stood at a side door where parents dropped off their children, an even larger contingent stood at the front door awaiting school buses.

“Here they come!” one called out to others as the first bus rounded the circle drive in front of the building. Children jumped off the bottom step of the bus, lined up quickly behind a teacher and proceeded into the building like they had been doing it regularly for weeks.

Laub said district enrollment is up again this year from 4,405 first day last year to 4,498 this year. While the district emphasized enrollment numbers remained somewhat fluid this early in the school years as students continue to enroll for school, enrollments by build currently stand at: Avon Early Learning Center (preschool-K): 436; Avon East Elementary (grades 1-2): 631; Avon Heritage Elementary (grades 3-5): 971; Avon Middle (grades 6-8): 1,133; and Avon High (grades 9-12): 1,327.

 

 

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