First day of classes in 2013-14 shows Phenix City schools continue to grow

Enrollment at Phenix City Public Schools keeps growing.

Monday was the first day of classes in the 2013-14 school year for Phenix City, and 41 more students attended compared to the first day last year, said superintendent Larry DiChiara. He expects more students to continue showing up each day this week.

"Last year, we gained 399 additional students from Day 1 to Day 2," he said, "and the next day we gained 89 new students and the next day 38."

The district has added an average of about 200 students each of the past nine years and ended last school year at 6,850, he said.

"I truly believe by the 20th day after Labor Day, when the state counts our money," he said, "we will break the 7,000 mark."

Enrollment figures in Russell County and Lee County public schools, which also resumed classes Monday, weren't available, but Lee County superintendent James McCoy said in a voice mail that his district had a smooth first day.

"So far so good," McCoy said. "I've been to 11 of the 14 schools, and I'm en route to the last three right now."

Russell County superintendent Mike Green wasn't reached for comment.