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Long Co. school enrollment up

Growth may lead to changes

POSTED: September 15, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Long County Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters said during Monday’s board of education meeting that the school system’s numbers are continuing to climb — and with the growth, changes will need to be considered.

According to Waters, the system has 2,926 students enrolled, which is a 41 percent increase from the 2004 level of 2,070 students. Waters said that the enrollment this year already has 224 more students than last year’s peak.

“We have almost a thousand students more than we had just a few years ago, and with this growth, and probably more growth coming, we are going to need to consider making adjustments to our faculty and staff,” he said.

Waters said he was not making any recommendations at this time, but that he would be researching options.

Waters also reported that the time period for the public to make comments on the proposed Townsend Bombing Range expansion project was closing soon.

According to Waters, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., was able to extend the period to Sept. 27.

The board already came out in opposition to the proposed expansion project when it sent a resolution to the Legislature and the Marine Corps base.

Waters also said he and BoE Chairman Dempsey Golden would meet with the Ludowici City Council on Tuesday to work out a solution regarding providing water and sewage to the new high school, which is under construction.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Rescinded its heat index policy for athletics and outside activities. The school system now will use the Georgia High-School Association’s policy.

• Updated the student records policy.

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