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School system continues to grow, but not as quickly

POSTED: September 2, 2014 9:59 a.m.

The Barrow County School System is still growing, but if the trend of early numbers continue, the growth might be slowing slightly.

Director of Student Services Matt Thompson shared the enrollment numbers for this year with board members at Tuesday’s meeting, and while the system is indeed adding students from last year, through 10 days of counting the system had added just .8 percent to the total of the most similar time last year.

The system has been growing between 1 and 2 percent from year-to-year the last few years.

It’s still too early to set anything in stone, however, as the official full time equivalency count is not taken until October. And the more recent numbers did at least confirm the suspicion that a slight drop in the Day 1 numbers from last year was just a fluke due to starting school on a Friday, noted Thompson.

Just 12,682 students showed up on the first day, down from 12,783 on the first day last year. But by Day 10, 13,345 students had been to class already. Last year after 14 days the number was 13,238.

Holsenbeck is the largest Elementary by enrollment as of the 10-day count with 971 students, one of three with more than 900. Bramlett is the smallest at 736 students.

At the middle school level Russell is the largest by just a few students at 780, with Westside the smallest at 674.

At the high school level Winder-Barrow High remains far and away the largest school with 1,813 students, although that is slightly behind last year’s 14-day numbers. Apalachee is at 1,578 – also a slight decrease from last year – while Snodon Preparatory was serving a record (in early counting numbers) 190 students as of Day 10.


TOTY reception:

Prior to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. board meeting there will be a reception at 6 p.m. for all of the Barrow County School System Teacher’s of the Year, the system announced at the recent work session. During the board meeting the teachers will also be formally recognized, including system-wide Teacher of the Year Colene Cannarella of Apalachee High, who was named the winner near the end of the previous school year.

The other teachers to be recognized include:

Haley Meier, Auburn Elementary

Connie Ellington, Bethlehem Elementary

Leigh Hutchins, Bramlett Elementary

Jennifer Snipes, County Line Elementary

Meaghan Hagewood, Holsenbeck Elementary

Carl McCoy, Kennedy Elementary

Ian Canalis, Statham Elementary

Bob Rogan, Yargo Elementary School

Susan Sheffield, Bear Creek Middle

Ryan Jones, Haymon-Morris Middle

Katherine Williamson, Russell Middle

Erin Dobbs, Westside Middle School

Joe Costello, Snodon Preparatory

Craig Martin, Winder-Barrow High



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