CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Enrollment in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has nearly met the projected total for this academic year, and officials expect to surpass the predicted figure.
Scott McCully, executive director of planning and student placement for CMS, said Wednesday that the system had 138,036 students on Tuesday, the 13th day of classes. Enrollment numbers usually grow into late September, and state education officials take the official count on the 20th day of school.
The projected enrollment this year was 138,181 -- or 145 students more than the Tuesday figure.
The school system was criticized several years ago after falling short of the projected enrollment numbers. That isn't likely to happen this year, McCully said. "We're still adding students every day," said McCully, who did not want to hazard a guess on the 20th-day number.
He said school officials have not been able to determine if growth is bigger in specific areas of the county or at certain grade levels. That will be done after the 20th day.
The current enrollment is the biggest ever for the system. "Every time we add a student, we set a new record," he said.