The first day of school numbers are in for the Beaumont Independent School District. At 18,758, the number of students who showed up for classes on Monday, August 24, in BISD is 402 students more than the number who showed up on the first day of school for the previous school year.
Expanded pre-kindergarten programs, outstanding ratings of exemplary and recognized for most BISD schools and improved facilities are among the reasons district officials have expressed for the increase. However, officials say the numbers are expected to fluctuate over the next couple of weeks as parents settle down for the new school year. After Labor Day, numbers are expected to be more indicative of what the semester will look like. The school year’s picture will be more accurately reflected around January 2011.