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With a 2001-2002 enrollment of 4,543 students (not including pre-K), the Port Washington School District is 50 students below its projection of 4,593 for this school year. But still, 119 students more than the previous year. (Last year the projection of 4,397 was 27 students fewer than the actual enrollment of 4,424; the year prior to that the projection of 4,252 was 69 students fewer than the enrollment of 4,321.) This year the middle and high school projections were almost on the nose: middle school-projection: 1053; actual:1050/ high school-projection: 1246; actual: 1249.

The elementary schools varied:

Daly expected 455 students and ended up with 447. Guggenheim expected 623, 619 appeared. The projection for Manorhaven was 584; 566 showed up. Sousa projected 632, and 612 registered.

When asked to comment, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Inserra said, "This is the first time since 1997 we've been below projections,. We are not sure yet what caused it, but we will adjust projections going forward.

He also noted that the figures given are the opening enrollment as of Sept. 7. "It will be further adjusted shortly," said the superintendent, pointing out that Sousa registered 12 more students since schools opened.

How is the district coping with the space crunch? "Our biggest problems are at Guggenheim, Manorhaven and Weber. We're struggling," said Dr. Inserra. The problem is now being exacerbated by recent events. "The delivery of the Weber portables have been delayed because the Department of Traffic will not allow the delivery truck transporting them to come across the bridge," advised Dr. Inserra.

Updating the planning stage of the expansion/renovation of the facilities, the superintendant said that the board will be reviewing the design and site plans for Salem and Daly. These are the last two buildings to be looked at. After that, further review will be made on the entire plan after the architect completes the designs and site plans.

The enrollment figures for this year and the past three years, and the 2001 projected enrollment for the schools and individual grade levels breakout as follows:

'98 '99 '00 '01 Projection
Daly 423 431 443 447 455
G'heim* 568 583 601 619 623
Manorhaven 503 532 565 566 584
Sousa 583 614 609 612 632
Weber 878 962 994 1050 1053
Schreiber** 1,167 1,196 1,212 1,249 1,246

* 36 special ed students were projected for 2001. 34 registered

** Figures included three special ed students

Kindergarten 327 387 365 362 392
1st grade 369 336 402 382 379
2nd grade 365 371 339 409 406
3rd grade 343 367 374 343 337
4th grade 334 346 388 370 387
5th grade 339 342 350 378 393
6th grade 276 346 339 356 348
7th grade 314 289 353 342 346
8th grade 288 327 302 352 359
9th grade 299 309 357 343 315
10th grade 269 316 309 336 355
11th grade 288 281 286 312 295
12th grade 311 290 257 297 281

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