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January 14, 2014
DALLAS — Whitworth Elementary School received a belated Christmas gift when school resumed after the winter break last week: 12 new students.
Principal Steve Martinelli announced the unexpected bump in enrollment at Monday's Dallas School Board meeting. Fittingly, the meeting was held at Whitworth, part of the board's series of in-school board meetings for the 2013-14 school year.
Martinelli couldn't say for sure what may have been behind the sudden surge, but suspected it may have just been good timing.
"Parents may have been using that natural two-week break to switch schools," he said.
It appears the enrollment jump is just part of an upward trend for the school. He said including the most recent enrollees, the school's student count is now up to 419, a significant jump from the 392 enrollment reported just last month.
Whatever the reason for the boost, Martinelli said the students are welcomed.
"We are happy to have all of them," he said.
Soon, all Whitworth students will be able to add something new to their recess to-do list. Shiny new playground equipment — the goal for this year's successful jog-a-thon fundraising — was installed Friday.
Whitworth students surpassed the $12,000 goal set for the fundraiser, bringing in $14,015 to purchase the equipment.
Martinelli said Monday the new structures won't be ready for use until Wednesday (today), so there are plenty of eager children waiting for their first chance to use them.
"They are chomping at the bit for that," Martinelli said.
In other business, the board:
• Will hold its next meeting at Lyle Elementary School, 185 SW Levens St., on Jan. 27. The meeting will be held in the school's library and will begin with a work session with Oakdale and Lyle elementary school staff at 2:30 p.m. Subsequent in-school meetings will be held at LaCreole Middle School and Dallas High School.
Enrollment at Dallas’ Whitworth Elementary School made a sudden surge after being flat since the start of the 2013-14 school year. Here are the school’s monthly enrollment numbers: