Breaking it all down: the Wylie school district is booming

Wylie expansion numbers

ABILENE, Texas - The Wylie school district continues to expand and the question is, where are the students coming from?

Wylie ISD Superintendent Joey Light said it's a wide variety. Some families are moving from the west or east coast, others wanting to be closer to Abilene for their jobs, or some are wanting to live in a safer neighborhood. Even the families are a wide range of young and older kids.

"We definitely do see a lot of young families move in, but we see families with older kids as well," said Light.

Wylie enrollment grew 6% from the 2012-2013 school year to the 2013-2014 school year. In comparing this with the other school districts in Taylor County, the Wylie District is booming.

Here are the enrollment numbers for the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Wylie ISD - 3,796

Abilene ISD - 16,833

Merkel ISD - 1,160

Jim Ned Consolidated ISD - 1,048

Light said he hopes the high standards and expectations of the district appeal to parents looking to move to the area.

"I hope that when they look at Wylie ISD, they're seeing something that they want their kids to be part of, whether that's in the academic areas or the extracurricular areas," said Light.

The Wylie district is still looking to add more elementary school campuses in the next couple of years to help with the growth.

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