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Student enrollment higher than expected in Columbia County

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 8:13 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 10:43 AM
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Columbia County opened an entire new school this year without laying a single brick.

School officials on Tuesday named the five finalists for Columbia County Teacher of the Year: Katie Holmes (from left), Mandy Guley, Angie McDaniel, Barry O'Neill and Norman Cox. The winner will be named in October.  BARRY PASCHAL/STAFF
BARRY PASCHAL/STAFF
School officials on Tuesday named the five finalists for Columbia County Teacher of the Year: Katie Holmes (from left), Mandy Guley, Angie McDaniel, Barry O'Neill and Norman Cox. The winner will be named in October.

That, in effect, is the result of unexpectedly high enrollment, Superintendent Charles Nagle reported to the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

“We’re growing,” Nagle said. “As of right now, we’re over our projection (by 612 students). When you’re talking about 612 students, that’s a school.”

When the 2011-12 school year closed, there were 23,622 students enrolled in the county’s public schools. So far this year, there are 24,234 enrolled.

“That number continues to change, and it’s going up,” he said.

Historically, final enrollment numbers don’t settle down until after Labor Day.

Officials had planned for an increase of 387 students for the year, so the additional numbers meant the board on Tuesday allowed the hiring of more teachers.

This year’s budget, balanced using teacher and paraprofessional reductions and a significant dip into the system’s reserve fund, included a “contingency” fund set aside for hiring 10 additional teachers; instead, as many as 15 will be needed, Nagle said.

The highest growth continues to be in the Grovetown area, Nagle said. Cedar Ridge Elementary added 64 students, Baker Place Elementary added 61 and Grovetown High added 63.

The increase will affect the schools in coming years: The system had to add four kindergarten classes to accommodate 108 more pupils than expected, Nagle said.

The school system also recognized each school’s teacher of the year and named the finalists for the county honor. They are Katie Holmes, from Baker Place Elementary; Mandy Guley, from River Ridge Elementary; Angie McDaniel, from Stevens Creek Elementary; Barry O’Neill, from Greenbrier High School; and Norman Cox, from Lakeside High School.

The winning teacher, chosen by a panel of outside educators based on classroom observations, will be named at an October banquet.

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ralphinga
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ralphinga 08/15/12 - 07:41 am
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More Students in Expanding Columbia County

It would be interesting to see the demographics related to the children that are new to the school system. The 100+ kindergarten children may have just come of age. Where did the rest come from? Glad that my property taxes have already gone up to cover the new kids.

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soapy_725 08/15/12 - 07:55 am
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Confusing math no surprise.
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When the 2011-12 school year closed, there were 23,622 students enrolled in the county’s public schools. So far this year, there are 24,234 enrolled. "we’re over our projection by 612 students". What projection. Static growth? It would appear they did not plan for any increase in 2012-2013? Why would they not foresee an increase beyond 23,622 and plan for same. The 612 is a surprise? Right. We guess they did not plan and increase in the school budget either. The BOE had to know there would be an increase in enrollment?

David Parker
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David Parker 08/15/12 - 09:44 am
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Pullin for you Dr. O'neill !

Pullin for you Dr. O'neill !

willie7
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willie7 08/15/12 - 09:56 am
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Some of them are coming from
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Some of them are coming from Richmond County. Richmong County has less than 5000 white students.

countyman
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countyman 08/15/12 - 10:28 am
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Unless the word some equals

Unless the word some equals maybe 3 or 4 students they're not coming from Richmond County... No more than students who come from Columbia Count and try to attend Davidson....

I would also like to know were you getting the percentage of white students from..

willie7
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willie7 08/15/12 - 11:09 am
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countryman, go to the
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countryman, go to the Richmond County Schools' website.
All the data is there and each school's profile.
Check it out !!!!

countyman
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countyman 08/15/12 - 11:49 am
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I did go to the RCBOE

I did go to the RCBOE website, and that's why I asked the question... 22% of 32,000 students is around 7,000 white students..

Hannah Carroll
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Hannah Carroll 08/24/12 - 07:46 am
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Predominantly Military

I am a parent of two children at Cedar Ridge. Our growing numbers could be largely due to the growing number of military families at the school. We have an amazing Veteran's Day program every year that honors the military families that attend our school, and it is a packed house for the event. It is a truly moving experience!

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