Class enrollments grow


On Friday, a story about Baltimore County school enrollments listed the incorrect year of the lowest enrollment since 1971. School enrollment was the lowest in 1986, at 80,600 students.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Baltimore County school enrollment increased by 3.4 percent this fall to 99,350, the highest in 15 years.

The increase of 3,258 students is about 500 less than officials had predicted. But school spokeswoman Judy Aud said final enrollment is likely to meet original projections during the year.

She noted that students continue to move into the county's 158 schools throughout the year, and that peak enrollment does not always occur by Sept. 30, the date of the official count.

The last time county schools had more than 99,000 students was in September 1979, when the official enrollment was 102,575, but falling.

Enrollment reached a low point of 80,600 in 1980. Since 1989, the schools have been growing by about 3,000 students per year, and officials expect that growth to continue at least through the end of the century.

The additional students have prompted school officials to reclaim buildings they closed in the 1980s and build new ones to accommodate more students.

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