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Johnston student enrollment up 334 from last year

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SMITHFIELD — After the first 10 days of school, there are 37,411 students enrolled in Johnston County Public Schools, a 334-student increase from last year’s 37,077 students.

The school with the largest enrollment increase is the Innovation Academy at South Campus with 291 students, an increase of 96 students over last year.

The traditional school with the largest enrollment increase is Archer Lodge Middle School with a student enrollment of 1,275, an increase of 87 students over last year.

Other schools with student enrollment increases include: Corinth Holders High, 2,052 students, up 16; Corinth Holders Elementary, 627 students, up 10; Johnston County Career Leadership Academy, 200 students, up two; Micro Elementary, 637 students, up 15; Princeton Elementary, 744 students, up eight, and Selma Middle, 570 students.

The school that saw the greatest student decrease is West Johnston High School, which reported 1,348 students, a decrease of 86 students.

Other schools with student enrollment decreases include: Glendale-Kenly Elementary, 526 students, down 31; Johnston County Early College Academy, 232 students, down 7; North Johnston High, 769 students, down 30; North Johnston Middle, 657 students, down 11; Pine Level Elementary, 398 students, down four; Princeton Middle/High, 1,046 students, down one; Selma Elementary, 659 students, down 69; Smithfield-Selma High, 1,337 students, down 50; South Smithfield Elementary, 526 students, down 17; and West Smithfield Elementary, 495 students, down 11.

District spokeswoman Delores Gill said Johnston County Public Schools continues to grow.

“Johnston County Public Schools continues to partner with the Operations Research and Education laboratory at North Carolina State University to guide the district in growth patterns for the district,” said Gill. “This data assists the school system to determine where future growth is projected, and to plan teaching spaces to accommodate the students.”

Gill said the N.C. 42 East area continues to experience growth.

“Our recently passed 2018 bond will assist the district as we plan a new elementary school in this area, an addition to Archer Lodge Middle, and a 24-classroom expansion to Corinth Holders High School,” said Gill. “ Through our data and our partnership with the ORED laboratory, we look for trends where a decline in enrollment is becoming a pattern.

“Overall, Johnston County Public Schools is a great school system and community to live in. We attribute these factors to the growth we continue to see in the system.”