Enrollment rises in Terrebonne, Lafourche schools

Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have slightly more students in the classroom this year, according to enrollment counts from each parish’s school board.

Each parish took a head count on the first day of school and noted an increase from last year, but both parishes have continued to see the numbers rise.

Enrollment often fluctuates during the first month of school, as students are moving in and out of the parish, school officials say.

On the first day, Terrebonne schools counted 18,762 students, said Terrebonne Parish Schools Superintendent Philip Martin. As of Sept.4, enrollment had reached 18,936.

There were no unexpected enrollment changes among the district’s schools, Martin said. The most notable changes came from transfers, such as relocating ninth-graders from Evergreen Junior High to H.L. Bourgeois High School.

The move to the new freshmen center increased H.L. Bourgeois’ enrollment by about 500 students, he said, bringing it to 1,469.

In Lafourche Parish, Superintendent of Schools Jo Ann Matthews said enrollment was 14,834, including those registered for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. That was an increase of 412 students from 2012 and 457 since 2011.

A month into the new school year, the head count was 14,929 students.

One noticeable trend among school enrollments, Matthews said, is the increase at charter schools. There are more than 600 students enrolled at those institutions, she said.

The number of students enrolled in each parish helps determine how much money the school districts receive from the state’s Minimum Foundation Program, a superfund for kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

Neither parish saw a drastic change in enrollment and will not see a leap in payment.