When roll call was taken at public schools in Trinity County this year on opening day, 1,490 students were counted.
That’s a few less than last year, when first-day attendance totaled 1,495.
The largest school district in the county, Trinity Alps Unified, experienced a drop in enrollment while Mountain Valley Unified gained students.
Trinity Alps went from 756 students last year to 692 on opening day this year, mainly due to 56 fewer students at Weaverville Elementary School/Trinity Preparatory Academy.
The decrease is slightly less than what was anticipated given a large eighth-grade class that moved on and a smaller incoming kindergarten class, Trinity Alps Supt. Jaime Green said.
Green is happy to see a few more students than predicted given the mold issues at WES and THS that forced students and staff into portables.
“The community really came together,” Green said, adding that the community knows the staff will do their best to get the buildings safe to use as quickly as possible.
The Mountain Valley Unified School District saw an increase of 35 students from 247 last year to 282 this year. Both the elementary school and the high school are up, said Supt. Debbie Miller.
A few families moved into the district, she said, but the vast majority of the new students are from a private school which closed.
“It’s wonderful to have those kids,” Miller said. “It’s wonderful to have full classes. We’re hiring another teacher.”
The Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District had almost the same number of students as last year, going from 90 to 89.
Small increases in first-day attendance were seen at the elementary schools at Burnt Ranch (85 to 87 students), Douglas City (173 to 176 students), and Trinity Center (14 to 17 students). Junction City Elementary went from 62 to 76 students. Coffee Creek and Lewiston had the same numbers as last year, 9 for Coffee Creek and 56 for Lewiston.