Three days into the 2017-18 school year, the Coweta County School System’s student population had increased 105 students from Day 3 of last year, with 22,558 students enrolled in the school system’s 31 schools.
Assistant Superintendent Vince Bass told the Coweta County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday that the increase is, as expected, in the middle and high school grades. Elementary enrollment has declined by more than 70 students, Bass said.
“It’s a little early for these numbers – they’re a little fluid, but we wanted to give you an idea of where we are right now,” Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker said. “Enrollment is healthy. It looks about where we thought it would be, and it should settle in the next week to 10 days.”
Barker said he plans to pass along the current enrollment numbers to Education Planners LLC, a consulting firm that is working with the school system to address overcrowding at Coweta’s middle schools. Coweta schools have experienced little growth over the past few three years, but a slight uptick in spring enrollment was an indicator that it’s time to consider more middle school classrooms, Barker said.
Barker told board members they will hear about the school system’s options in detail at a later date, and that he intends to work with the consultants to schedule upcoming meetings at the county’s six middle schools to hear the community’s ideas about how to manage growth.
In other business, the board:
Approved proposed changes to school policies after posting them for a 30-day period for public commenting. They included: Policy JBCD – Transfer and Withdrawals, adding a definition of school attendance eligibility and responsibilities of military service members with school-age children residing in the district; and Policy IDCH – Dual Enrollment/Move on When Ready, adding a definition of the eligibility of students taking one or more dual-enrollment courses in high school to be valedictorian or salutatorian. No public comments were posted.
Approved a tribunal hearing panel. It will include Dr. Schwanda Jackson of the Central Office, who will serve as hearing officer. Panel members will include Dr. Jeanette Hallam of East Coweta Middle School; Ben Tarleton of Evans Middle School, Phyllis Hall of Newnan High School; Dr. Linda Fincher of Northgate High School; Dr. Letitia Crosby of Lee Middle School and Lawanda James of Arnall Middle School.
Approved applications for two Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)-related grants for the 2017-2018 school year, including Carl D. Perkins IV Grants for $167,802 and CTAE State Grants for $78,674. Perkins funds will be used for equipment, supplies, professional development and program improvement for CTAE programs and courses at Central Educational Center, East Coweta High School, Newnan High School and Northgate High School. State grant funds will be used for career tech education extended-day pay, apprenticeship and supervision pay for CTAE programs system-wide.
Approved a contract for $14,203 to pay a 4-H Extension Associate, who will coordinate the school system’s fifth-grade club program.