With students across the county completing their first week of school on Friday, Erath's two largest school districts, Stephenville and Dublin, have released enrollment totals that show student enrollment has its ups and downs.
According to Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd, the Stephenville Independent School District had a total enrollment of 3,616 students spread across six campuses as of Friday.
Floyd said Friday's figures are up by 45 students when compared to the last day of the 2009-10 school year, and down by 50 when compared to the first day of last year.
Floyd also said in preparing the current fiscal year's budget, SISD "budgeted conservatively on an estimated enrollment of 3,517, which equates to an average daily attendance of 3,341.
When it comes to funding, Floyd said SISD receives approximately $6,799 per student.
Looking across the district, Floyd said as of Friday, 446 students were enrolled at Central Elementary, an increase of five students over the last day of the previous school year and an increase of 14 pupils when compared to the first day of 2009-10.
Chamberlin Elementary is seeing a decrease when compared to last year. The campus had an enrollment of 568 as of Friday, down by four students when compared to the last day of last year. On the first day of the 2009-10 school year, the school welcomed 577 students.
Hook Elementary had an enrollment of 521 students on Friday. Floyd said the student body is up by nine students since the last day of last year, and down by 11 when compared to the first day of 2009-10.
Gilbert Intermediate has a current enrollment of 521 students, up 16 students when compared to the last day of the last year and up one from the first day of 2009-10.
Henderson Junior High has an enrollment of 475 students, 55 below the last day of school last year, and down 64 when compared to the first day of last year.
"We knew that (the HJH) drop was coming, because of last year’s big eighth grade class that has now moved to the high school," Floyd said. "We reduced staff over the summer at HJH accordingly."
Thanks to the larger freshman class entering Stephenville High School, Friday's enrollment totaled 1,085. That figure is up 74 students from the last day of the 2009-10 school year, and up 19 when compared to the first day.
In Dublin, Superintendent Shaun Barnett said all but one of the district's four campuses saw a decrease in enrollment when compared to the same time last year.
Barnett said as of Friday, Dublin ISD had an enrollment of 1,246 students, which is 24 students below the 2009-10 total.
When it comes to funding, Barnett said DISD receives $5,009 "per weighted student in average daily attendance."
As far as combating the revenue shortfall is concerned, he said the only course of action is to reduce spending, and the district's newly adopted budget shows a reduction in expenditures of $701,000 when compared to last year.
With a total enrollment of 357 students on Friday, Dublin Elementary experienced a decrease of 17 students.
Dublin Intermediate's 304 student enrollment was down by only five students.
Dublin Middle School's enrollment is up by nine students with a current enrollment of 276 students.
Dublin High School counted 309 heads on Friday, which is down from 320 in the 2009-10 school year.