Wise County initial school enrollment above projections

Mike Still • Aug 14, 2019 at 10:15 PM

WISE — Wise County Schools’ preliminary enrollment numbers topped projections after the first week of school.

Superintendent Greg Mullins told School Board members Tuesday that attendance across the county’s 11 schools had reached 5,374 students. The board, in its 2019-20 budget projections, had planned for 5,350 students,

Mullins said he expected to see enrollment climb to the 5,380 range by September. He also said the state’s report on individual schools’ accreditation status was released Tuesday and showed all Wise County schools as accredited.

In rankings among the state’s 133 school divisions for Standards of Learning test performance, Wise County ranked fifth statewide and first among Southwest Virginia systems in Region 7.

Mullins later discussed parking and traffic issues around the L.F. Addington Middle School-Wise Primary School complex in Wise. He said the Wise Planning Commission rejected a proposal from the school system to add 24 parking spaces around Wise Primary for events during school hours.

The commission’s rejection cited worsened traffic congestion if the parking were added, Mullins said. He said that, while congestion did spike for an approximately 15-minute period after Wise Primary dismissed when he recently visited the school, traffic flow resumed to a steady flow afterward.

Mullins also said the bus and pedestrian bridge in front of L.F. Addington has also been repaired. The bridges were damaged in July after a sudden rain and flooding on June 28. He said a study of creek drainage in the bridge area is continuing to see if future flooding conditions can be eased.

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