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Middle, elementary schools prepare for influx of students from Cyber Command relocation

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:37 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:57 PM
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As Augusta-area schools prepare for a projected influx of military families at Fort Gordon, Richmond County Board of Education officials are discussing ways to prevent additional overcrowding at two schools already with rising student populations.


Langford Middle School and Sue Reynolds Elementary are some of the most densely populated schools in Richmond County, and both could be affected by the relocation of the Army’s Cyber Command to Fort Gordon.

While the relocation won’t be complete until 2019, service members are projected to begin moving to Fort Gordon this summer. Board members worry the load could be too much for schools like Langford and Sue Reynolds.

Langford’s student population continues to increase, with a projected 920 students during the 2014-2015 year. Sue Reynolds currently has 807 students.

“These schools are dealing with some of the highest enrollment numbers in our area,” Board Vice Chair Helen Minchew said. “They’ve been dealing with that high enrollment for several years. And now that Fort Gordon is expanding, soldiers will be moving in to the neighborhoods around Fort Gordon. And while no one is sure where these families will be sending their children to school, both Langford and Sue Reynolds have shown huge amounts of growth over the past few years. We need to make sure we’re planning for this growth.”

Help is coming, though.

A new wing is being built at Langford, which will add 10 classrooms and two technology labs with funds obtained through a sales tax package. The wing is expected to house sixth grade and facets of the Langford magnet program.

Construction of the new wing is slated to end next April. In the meantime, six portable buildings will be used.

Sue Reynolds recently completed the addition of eight new classrooms, also paid for with sales tax money. The new rooms will be ready for the new school year.

“In total, we’ve been building 20 new teaching spaces at these schools,” Project Manager Jeff Baker said. “All of it is designed to handle the growth at these schools.”

Officials have also considered changing attendance zones to allow military families and civilian contractors living outside Fort Gordon the opportunity to attend the base’s Freedom School.

“If they are available, it could give the schools some relief,” Superintendent Frank Roberson said. “It would require some shifting around of attendance zones. But we have not discussed that yet. It remains just a possibility.”

Regardless of the challenges growth brings, administrators at Sue Reynolds seem excited by the opportunity given to them as new families move to the area.

“I think we can bring in new students quite comfortably,” Principal Cheri Ogden said. “We have those eight new classrooms, so we can start getting new students immediately. We’ll have room.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/07/14 - 07:40 am
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Don't Worry Too Much

Oh, I wouldn't worry about increased attendance too much at THOSE schools.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 05/07/14 - 07:42 am
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Tearing down one school. Adding on to others. Option. Busing?
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Tearing down one school. Adding on to others. Option. Busing?

Pops
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Pops 05/07/14 - 07:53 am
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It seems to me

that most, not all, of these new residents will probably reside in Columbia County.....

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/07/14 - 08:54 am
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"that most, not all, of these

"that most, not all, of these new residents will probably reside in Columbia County....."

It would make sense geographically if nothing else.

countyman
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countyman 05/07/14 - 11:08 am
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Southwest Augusta

I think some people might want to ride around Gate 1 and see the new housing construction before making comments..

The 100 acre subdivision at 2111 Powell road breaks ground soon..

scoobynews
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scoobynews 05/07/14 - 05:49 pm
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Columbia better wake up and

Columbia better wake up and start on those additions to schools that will be overcrowded quickly.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/07/14 - 06:08 pm
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Countyman, and when they look

Countyman, and when they look up the school test scores, which school system will they choose?

One that has a 19% pass rate on AP tests, or CC?

countyman
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countyman 05/07/14 - 06:36 pm
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Scores

All they have to do is compare the individual schools and many will choose RC...

The AP scores for seniors in Richmond County is higher compared to the national average..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/07/14 - 08:13 pm
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FACTS are pesky things!

countyman is making up numbers again..

19% of RC students taking AP exams in 2013 made a 3 or better

The 2013 average for Georgia is 54%

The 2013 National average is 57%

http://apreport.collegeboard.org/

Pops
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Pops 05/07/14 - 08:34 pm
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"All they have to do is compare the individual schools and many

will choose RC"

........unbelievable.......this guy is like Michael Palin, the pet shop owner in Monty Python's "Dead Parrot Sketch". The parrot's not dead......it's feet are nailed to it's perch to keep it from busting out of it's cage..........right....

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happychimer 05/07/14 - 08:54 pm
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Well, I guess y'all will be

Well, I guess y'all will be surprised when the schools in RC bust at the seams. The schools have already grown and will be growing even more. just wait.

countyman
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countyman 05/07/14 - 09:07 pm
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Gagecreed.. I wish you would

Gagecreed.. I wish you would gather all the facts before rushing to comment..

I clearly said the AP scores of seniors in Richmond County was above the national average..

I hope you realize the AP scores for seniors and students in 9th-12th are different.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/07/14 - 09:31 pm
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countymam... I wish you would

countymam... I wish you would post a fact that did not depend on which way the wind is blowing and is not conditional to minutiae...

Can you post a source for you assertions?

I posted one for mine....

corgimom
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corgimom 05/07/14 - 09:33 pm
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What good does it do to have

What good does it do to have a higher score than the national average when only 19% even PASS THE TEST???

And then, of course, you have three high schools where NOBODY passed a test. Countyman, did you count those scores when you were telling us that the seniors scored higher than the national average, because how could that be?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/07/14 - 09:35 pm
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How about stating it this

How about stating it this way:

Of the abysmally low number of students that passed ANY test, the seniors (no number given, it could be 1 or 2, who knows) passed with scores higher than the national average.

As in, it was because of their individual intelligence and hard work, not because of the caliber of teaching at RC schools, which obviously is greatly lacking.

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pja5529 05/08/14 - 01:20 pm
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Individual schools

Yes when they look at the individual scores many will and already do choose RC...or else there would be no need for the expansions at these schools....(2 of the areas best.) Of course the majority will still waste their money paying for the same house you can get in a a good area in RC and choose CC.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/08/14 - 09:01 pm
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^ And get a higher ranked

^ And get a higher ranked school system with better county infrastructure,
and so on and so forth...

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