Terise Rhodes, student management and state reporting supervisor, outlined Bedford County School System's current population at last week's meeting of Bedford County Board of Education.
As of Nov. 16, the system had 8,107 students enrolled, up 2.7 percent from last year's Average Daily Membership of 7,893.
Student enrollment changes daily, and those numbers are reported to the state daily and weekly. State and federal funding is dependent on these numbers, and schools are expected to stay within the guidelines of student-teacher ratios.
At Community Elementary School the student population in grades K-3 recently edged just over the 20-1 mark, "but that could change next week," said Rhodes, speaking of the transitions which occur daily throughout the county.
Almost half of students (4,054) are enrolled in one of eight elementary schools in the county. Within the four middle schools there are 1,800 students, and 2,253 are spread among three high schools.
System-wide the student population has grown nearly 10 percent in the last five years, and 28.9 percent in the last 10 years.
The board heard a presentation from members of the award-winning Eaglebots from Harris Middle School, a robotics team who brought home Best Rookie Team award in competition with other midstate middle and high schools in their inaugural season.
"I think it's great that you are involved in science and technology," said board member John Boutwell. "I hire engineers, and it's difficult to find good engineers these days. I want to encourage you to continue down this path."
Boutwell is director of human resources at Teledyne in Lewisburg.
Finance Director Robert Daniel presented an overview of the schools' October monthly financial report, a tax analysis and expenditures report.
Surplus property declarations were approved by the board for Harris Middle, Southside Elementary and Shelbyville Central High schools and the county's maintenance department.
The board formalized the appointment of Mindi DeWitt as principal of Thomas Magnet, a change made in early October.