COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Columbus city schools are reporting an increase in enrollment this year, as voters are being asked for a 23.5 percent property-tax increase to help pay for them.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17JF3OR ) reports that the school system, one of the state's largest, reported a 1.1 percent increase in enrollment this fall, to an unofficial count of 51,281. That followed a slight increase last year, reversing almost a decade of annual declines.
A comparison with Ohio Department of Education numbers shows the greatest increases of up to 300 students were in the first, second and third grades. The district also gained more than 100 students in preschool and kindergarten, but lost hundreds of high-school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
City residents are voting on the school levy Tuesday.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com