First day of school

Area school enrollment numbers

Charley Gaines

Hartselle Enquirer


Students in Hartselle City and Morgan County Schools started cracking books for the 2016-2017 school year Aug. 10, and the sound of those book spines breaking got louder this year as numbers rise in both systems.

There were 2,999 students enrolled in Hartselle City Schools grades K-12. For the 2016-2017 school year, there are 3105 students enrolled.

“This has been one of the best start to school in recent memory,” said Dr. Vic Wilson, superintendent for HCS.

The senior class at Hartselle High School grew markedly from a graduating class of 933 in 2016 to 990 students who should walk in May of next year.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Pre-K children don’t necessarily crack books like their older counterparts, but their numbers rose considerably from last year to this school year. There are 25 more Pre-K students in the Hartselle City School system for the 2016-2017 school year as they get ready to join the “big kids” next year in elementary school proper. The number of 4 and 5 year olds went from 67 to 92.

Hartselle Intermediate School also has a good amount of more bodies in desks this year. In the 2015-2016 school year there were 446 students enrolled there; there are 469 enrolled for 2016-2017. Barkley Bridge also had a slight increase in their numbers with 331 this year. That’s up from last year’s 319.

The number of feet on the floor at Crestline, Burleson and Hartselle Jr. High haven’t changed much from last year to this year in reference to their enrolled student numbers. For the 2015-2016 school year, Crestline had 403 students; this year the school has 409. Burleson had 394 last year; the school has 408 this year. Hartselle Jr. High had 504 last year; they have 498 this year.

“A heartfelt thank you goes to our faculty, staff, administrators, students and parents for making this such a great start,” Wilson said.

Morgan County Board of Education members were no less enthusiastic about their start to this school year.

“It’s been a good start of the year from what I hear from everybody,” said Board member Jimmy Dobbs. “This year is going to be an exciting year with a lot that’s going on.”

Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr., echoed Dobbs’ words with congratulations to administrators and Board members on what he said was the best and smoothest start to a school year that they’ve had until this point. “I’ve heard it over and over again,” he said. “It seems to be a constant thing from all of our principals and all that. That goes to show great initiative and great preparation on the principals’ part. Congratulations for a great job.”

Enrollment numbers for each of the Morgan County Schools are as follows:

Brewer – 841 students with 215 seniors; Danville High School – 433 students with 117 seniors; Falkville High School – 437 students with 56 seniors; Priceville High School – 459 students with 94 seniors; West Morgan High School – 381 students with 88 seniors.

Lower level schools in the Morgan County System: Cotaco – 450 students; Danville-Neel – 500 students; Danville Middle – 388 students; Eva – 370 students; Falkville Elementary – 310; Lacey’s Spring – 310 students; Sparkman – 213 students; Union Hill – 436 students.

In Priceville, Priceville Elementary has 595 students, and Priceville Jr. High school has 463 students.

At West Morgan Elementary School there are 536 students enrolled this year and 429 students are at the middle school.



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