- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The Grand Rapids school district says it had more than 15,000 students on the first day of classes - the largest enrollment in 20 years.

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal says the district is “rockin’,” and she’s thanking parents and students. The numbers could fall in the coming weeks, but Neal is pleased so far.

WOOD-TV (https://bit.ly/2bZSowb ) says Grand Rapids lost nearly 1,000 students in 2007-08, but enrollment was down by only about 50 a year ago.

Meanwhile, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday at an old elementary school that has been turned into an environmental science school.

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Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com


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