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The opening of the 2006-07 school year in Port went almost seamlessly, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoff Gordon. This year his own children started in the school system too because the Gordon family moved here over the summer.

The enrollment as of Sept. 8 shows that the district has increased its student population by 143 from the number reported from the same time last year of 4,913.

The elementary schools report the following for this year: Daly-404; Guggenheim-495; Manorhaven-409; South Salem-392 and Sousa has 515. Additionally there are 80 students enrolled in pre-K. These figures total 2,295 and reflect a reduction in elementary school enrollment total from last year (2,317) of 22 students.

Weber reports 400 in its sixth grade, 405 in seventh and 345 in eighth grade, total of 1,150 up 152 from last year's enrollment of 1,098.

Schreiber High School's pupil count is 1,507 this year, which reflects an additional 117 students over last year's figure of 1,390.

The 1,507 students broken down by grade level is as follows: ninth grade-402; 10th grade-398; 11th grade-364 and 12th grade is 343.

Additionally, compared with the same time last year, home instruction is down from 18 to seven pupils this year, exceptional children placed out of the district is up 10 students from last year's figure of 81, and residential placement is down three pupils from nine last year to six this year.

In terms of class size for the new school year, only the three second grades at the Manorhaven School with 22 pupils each do not comply with the K-2 class size policy of a 21 student maximum per class. All of the other classes do not exceed the maximums, which for grades three to five call for no more than 24 students per class.

These figures are in sharp contrast to last year's first -eek report that 19 sections in the elementary schools had gone over their maximums.

The next enrollment report should be Sept. 25.


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