When classes begin on Wednesday, Metro schools will have the highest enrollment since 1975.
School officials told Nashville's News 2 around 81,000 students will fill the hallways at Metro-Davidson County schools during the 2012-2013 school year. "Nashville is a great place to live, so there are a lot of people who are choosing to live here," Meredith Libbey with Metro schools said. According to school officials, areas including Antioch, are seeing a population boom. Libbey reported the school system has seen a steady increase in the Antioch area for several years. This year in response to the growth, a new elementary school is set to open its doors. In the last decade, Metro schools has seen their student population increase by more than 12,000. That number is expected to grow in upcoming years.
Libbey also added that many parents in the Hillsboro area are also deciding to send their children to public schools. "A vote of confidence in our district is when people just make a choice to attend our schools that maybe wouldn't have made that choice in the past," she said. Students in Davidson County return to school on Wednesday for a half-day. The first full day of the new school year is set for Friday.