“People who are employed in Burbank and are living outside the district are continuing to look at Burbank as an option for their students,” Shapiro said.
While officials expect the number of out-of-district students to grow further above the total of 537 recorded in the second week of the 2008 fall term, identifying available classroom space for the currently enrolled 628 students has been a challenge, Shapiro said.
Officials will continue to accommodate students whose parents live in Burbank and who want to enroll in district schools, but the task of locating desks for them will not be easy, he said.
“Many of our schools are totally enrolled to capacity at certain grade levels,” he said, adding that the district was committed to locating a place for each student that enrolls in the district.
Board members also discussed college graduation and enrollment statistics for students who had graduated from Burbank Unified.
Of the 1,229 district graduates in 2008, 68.8% enrolled in community colleges, universities or technical institutes, a 2.5% increase from the previous year, officials said, citing data from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit that tracks student progress.
More students enrolled at Glendale Community College — 235 — than any other college or university, outnumbering the total for Los Angeles Valley College, the second-ranking choice among 2008 district graduates, by 90 students.
Pasadena City College was the third most popular destination, with 128 students, followed by Cal State Northridge, with 67.
About 49% of all graduates enroll in two-year colleges, nearly double the 25% of students who enroll in four-year colleges.