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Media Releases: August 8, 2003

The student count for St. Johns County Public Schools on opening day, August 8, 2003, was 19,307, an increase of 562 students over last year’s first day enrollment figure of 18,745.

High school enrollment was 6,126, with 1,936 students at Bartram Trail High School, 1,538 at Nease High School, 1,409 at Pedro Menendez High School and 1,243 at St. Augustine High School. Middle school enrollment totaled 5,021, with student headcount ranging from 605 at Murray Middle School to 953 at Fruit Cove Middle School.

The elementary school population totaled 7,926 but this count includes less than 20 percent of the kindergarten population since most schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a five-day period. It also does not include Durbin Creek Elementary School students since they will begin school next week. Another 234 students are enrolled at the district’s four alternative schools, with 181 of those at the Evelyn Hamblen Center.

“I visited 13 schools today in every part of the county and all were running extremely well,” reported Dr. Joseph Joyner, Superintendent of Schools. “A smooth opening doesn’t happen without hundreds of hours of preparation, and I’d like to thank all of our staff for their hard work during the past few months,” he added.

Two new principals greeted students as they arrived at school for the start of the 2003-2004 school year. They were Wayne Jenkins at Ketterlinus Elementary School and Jay Willets, principal of the district’s alternative schools. In addition, two principals have been assigned to new schools this year. Paul Abbatinozzi is the principal at Sebastian Middle School and Skeeter Key is the principal at Hastings Elementary School.

Attendance counts will continue to be monitored during the next two weeks, when student enrollment traditionally increases, according to Jim Welu, Director of Student Services and Testing.

Additional information may be obtained by calling Mr. Welu at 819-7590.-30-



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