Not all students attended school on Wednesday, the first day of the new school year, but Washington County Public Schools officials say when all the students are in class, the total enrollment is expected to top 20,000.
Enrollment last year was 19,884, according to school system documents.
Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the enrollment increase bodes well for the future of Washington County and the school system.
The Washington County Board of Education may need to look at creative ways to deal with increased enrollment in some of the schools, Morgan said.
Actual attendance Wednesday was 19,045 but that number will climb as kindergarten classes begin and other students who are registered come to school, Deputy Superintendent Patricia Abernethy said.