by David Safier
• TUSD enrollment at the end of the 2000-1 school year was 61,280. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, it was 48,078. That's a loss of 13,202 students, an average of 880 students a year.
• Until the 2007-8 school year, the yearly student losses were generally in the 200-300 range. Then, for the next five years, the losses were four to seven times higher.
• The last three years didn't follow a steady pattern, going from a loss of 841 to 1436 and back to 826.
• It's too early to tell if enrollment trends are changing one way or another since Supt. Sanchez began at TUSD. The 2013-14 school year was his first, and it had a 1436 loss from the previous year. However, that loss was more-or-less consistent from the beginning of the year. On the 20th day, there was a 1533 loss from the previous year, a loss Sanchez inherited from Supt. Pedicone. By the end of Sanchez's first year, the loss was cut back by 100, but that kind of fluctuation is typical, so it doesn't mean much one way or another. For the last complete school year, 2014-15, the district's loss looks like it did two years earlier, but one year's enrollment data doesn't mean much in itself. The figures over the next few years will tell us more about enrollment trends during Sanchez's tenure.