At the Monday meeting of the Glen Rose ISD board of trustees, Superintendent Wayne Rotan said district's enrollment is up.

On Friday, the district had an enrollment of 1,695 students, which Rotan said is up 78 from last school year. He said the total included 53 transfer students, and the first six weeks showed a cumulative attendance rate of 97.5 percent.

"That's outstanding," Rotan said, adding the average is above GRISD's goal of 97 percent.

But Rotan also said absences increased last week, especially at the elementary school where strep throat and the flu had hit the campus.

The district will apply to Texas Education Agency to have one day removed from funding since the number of students in attendance one day last week was 10 percent below last year's average attendance rate.

In other items of business, Rotan said the adult language program being offered by the district has welcomed 20-39 students per day since the program began on Oct. 1.

The classes are held 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and offer self-paced instruction through the Rosetta Stone program with instructors on hand to offer assistance. He said parents are learning both English and Spanish and high school students provide daycare to further benefit the community.

For more information on the language classes, call Lisa Villa at (254) 898-3909 or Susann Stetar at 898-3881.