Long summer days and sleeping in has yielded to a fresh, new school year for area students. Both Humble and Huffman ISDs reported their current enrollment numbers as of last week. Humble ISD’s enrollment on the second day of school was 36,136, according to Jamie Mount, the district’s director of public information. This is 1,071 students more than last year’s enrollment for the second day of school. “Humble ISD reached 99 percent of its projected enrollment of 36,478 for the year by the second day of school,” said Mount. “We are off to an amazingly smooth start, and that’s thanks to the staff and our parents and students, too,” said Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo. “Visiting a number of campuses, it seemed like school has been in session for weeks! We will continue to grow over the next few weeks, but we are very well staffed and we will adapt after the first couple of weeks of the new school year.” Huffman ISD reported that last year’s attendance was 3,266 at the end of the year, while last week showed a slight decrease in enrollment at 3,233 as of Wednesday. “We have had an exceptional beginning to the year. It’s great to see all of our stakeholders come together for a common cause. It takes unity to create a truly productive environment for kids,” said Huffman ISD Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau. Attendance for both districts is expected to increase as the year progresses. For district calendars, student handbooks and much more information, visit humble.k12.tx.us or huffmanisd.net. Photo: Zachary Sells, 9, and his sister, Reagan, 7, of Eagle Springs Elementary, were among thousands of Humble ISD students returning to school Aug. 27. Photo by Patsy Oliver