Despite the slow real estate market, schools in Jackson County are still welcoming more students — even if that growth is just a glimmer of what it was several years ago.
The Jackson County School System opened its doors to students for the 2010-2011 school year on Thursday. By the third day of school on Monday, the district reported that 7,022 students had enrolled for a gain of 117 students — a 1.6 percent increase from last year.
At the Jefferson City Schools, enrollment grew by 3.6 percent from 2,709 students last year to 2,809 students this school year, which started on Aug. 2.
Those numbers, however, are just a fraction of the growth that local school systems saw during the height of the real estate boom in Jackson County.