Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's a Matter of Basic Math; Enrollment at Most South Georgia Public Schools Is Adding Up

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It's a Matter of Basic Math; Enrollment at Most South Georgia Public Schools Is Adding Up

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK - South Georgia public school systems are growing.

Student enrollment has increased in all but a few school districts in the region.

The Glynn County School System, which is the largest district in the region, posted the greatest increase, a Times-Union review of student enrollment data revealed this week.

The Lowndes and Brantley counties school systems round out the top three fastest-growing districts in the region this year.

The Ware and McIntosh counties school systems - where the student population fluctuates routinely because many families move frequently because of economic or personal circumstances - showed enrollment declines.

GLYNN COUNTY

Not only are new people moving into the county, students from private schools and home schools are switching to public schools, said Jim Weidhaas, school system spokesman.

Student achievement has improved and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last year restored the district to full academic accreditation after years of probations, he said. All of that has restored the public's confidence in public schools, he said.

About half the total enrollment increase was at the two high schools. Brunswick High School had 1,715 students while Glynn Academy had 1,719, the highest enrollment ever at either school. That is an increase of about 100 students at each school, records indicate.

A total of 147 students - at various grade levels - have transferred from private schools along with 25 pupils previously home-schooled, Weidhaas said.

The system opened a new elementary school at Sterling last month and is building a new middle school to accommodate present and future growth.

LOWNDES COUNTY

A new squadron assigned to Moody Air Force Base has increased enrollment mainly at elementary schools in the adjacent Lowndes County and Valdosta city school systems.

The population of nonmilitary families also continues to grow, as evidenced by the ongoing construction of new housing developments, officials with both school systems said. …

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