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City school board discusses enrollment, approves millage
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Gainesville schools have more students enrolled today than they did at the end of last year.

Priscilla Collins, chief achievement and accountability officer for the district, presented enrollment numbers Tuesday at a school board work session.

“We’ve increased about 373 students overall, and we’ve seen enrollment increase at our high school, and Gainesville Exploration Academy and at Centennial (Arts Academy),” Collins said. “However, we did plan for that increase.”

There are 7,957 students enrolled in the district, up from 7,584 at the end of last year.

Enrollment is up at every school except Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, where it is down by 28 students. The largest increase was at Gainesville High School, where 1,820 students are enrolled, up from 1,649 last year.

The largest class size in the district was 26 for a kindergarten class at Gainesville Exploration Academy.

Principal Renee Boatright said she has made some changes in classroom space organization at the school and is currently in the process of hiring another teacher.

Superintendent Wanda Creel said the district is currently “exploring how we can increase the size and capacity for Gainesville Exploration Academy on a temporary basis.”

In other business, the board approved 4-0 the final adoption of a new millage rate of 7.48 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which it tentatively approved at its last meeting. The millage rollback makes up for a change in the tax digest that resulted from reassessment. The rollback is not a tax decrease, but avoids an increase.