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16,500 students attend Pasco schools on second day

More than 16,500 students attended the second day of classes in Pasco schools on Wednesday. The new Marie Curie STEM Elementary School opened Tuesday.
More than 16,500 students attended the second day of classes in Pasco schools on Wednesday. The new Marie Curie STEM Elementary School opened Tuesday. Tri-City Herald

More than 16,500 students attended the second day of classes in Pasco schools on Wednesday.

That’s an enrollment increase of nearly 900 students compared to the second day of classes in 2014.

However, the two-week delay to the start of the school year because of a teachers strike throws off comparing the numbers, a district release said.

“Comparing day two last year and day two this year, which is occurring mid-month due to the teachers’ strike, is comparing apples to oranges,” said a news release.

The first official enrollment count that is sent to the state won’t be until Oct. 1.

Pasco had 17,085 students on Oct. 1, 2014 and 17,110 students in May 2015, according to state enrollment data.

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