NORMAN — Several weeks into the new school year, Moore Public Schools are showing a decrease of 166 students compared to last year.
Moore Public Schools’ Public Information Officer Jimi Fleming said the district usually sees an increase in enrollment at the beginning of a school year.
“We have not had the increase in enrollment that we normally do around this time of year. The lower-than-normal number of students is probably because of the May 20 tornadoes,” Fleming said.
As of Thursday, the district counted an enrollment of 22,980 students who had been in a classroom at least once since the start of school; this count excludes those students who are enrolled but have yet to attend school. Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary have had the most significant drops in enrollment, with Briarwood 113 students less than last year and Plaza Towers 133 students less than last year.
However, considering the amount of destruction the Moore area suffered May 20, school officials are happy with enrollment numbers.
“Compared to the May 3 tornadoes in ’99, we haven’t lost as many students. When the May 3 tornado hit, we lost about 500 students,” Fleming said. “This time, our decrease in students is much lower.”
Moore secondary schools have increased in enrollment with 10,042 students compared to 9,892 last year. Fleming said the district expects to see an increase in enrollment as more housing developments are rebuilt and families relocate. An official enrollment count will be taken Oct. 1.