The new school year opened smoothly Aug. 21 in the South-Western City School District.
" 'New' being the operative word," Deputy Superintendent David Stewart said in his report at the school board meeting Monday, Aug. 26.
Despite a large number of "new people, new construction and new challenges," students and staff eased out of summer and into school, he said.
The unofficial count puts the district's total enrollment at about 20,900 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and about 630 in the Head Start preschool program, Stewart said.
About 175 families used the new online enrollment option, which helped move them more easily and smoothly through the enrollment process, he said.
Altogether, the enrollment center processed about 2,260 new students over the summer, Stewart said.
The district began the school year with 191 new employees, Assistant Superintendent Carl Metzger said.
"That number is higher than the past two years combined," he said.
There are 138 new certificated staff members, 28 new classified staff and 25 new administrative employees, Metzger said.
"We continue to monitor the enrollment numbers and will make any needed staffing changes within the next couple weeks," he said.
South-Western's 156 buses are running 937 routes a day covering about 1,400 miles, Stewart said.
All of the district's bus drivers have passed the state's physical and ability test and each bus has passed the Ohio Department of Motor Safety's inspection, he said.