Although school started Monday, Lodi Unified School District officials will not know for weeks exactly how many students are enrolled for the 2011-12 school year.
That was among the items Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer briefed trustees on at Tuesday's regular school board meeting.
Regarding the first day of school, she sang the accolades of district staff, including those in the facilities department.
"The facilities look fabulous. They had everything ready to go," she said on Monday.
Meanwhile, staff is dealing with immediate issues like non-working air conditioners on some campuses and monitoring class sizes on a daily basis. Kindergarten classes are currently above what was expected and staffed for, according to Nichols-Washer.
"If you think about it, that's a good thing. Maybe there's a trend coming that we have more students coming in," she said.
The district has seen a steady decline in enrollment over the last three years, which corresponds with a decline in per-student funding.
Staff is now calling households of students who have not yet showed up in class to see if they will be attending Lodi Unified schools.
Currently, 10 percent of the elementary-level classes are combinations, but that could change.
"This happens every year, waiting two to three weeks until everything calms down," Nichols-Washer said, adding that more combined-grade classes could be added or even dissolved depending on enrollment.
The number of students in kindergarten classes should also be reduced in the coming weeks, she said.
Combination teachers will receive additional support from instructional coaches and master teachers who have taught combination classes in the past.
A full report on class sizes is scheduled for a board meeting later this month.
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