Is the county’s growth slowing down?

Thu, 08/16/2007 - 3:38pm
By: John Thompson

Coweta County school officials are still crunching numbers, but so far it looks like the county’s stratospheric growth is beginning to slow down.

Public information officer Dean Jackson said the school system’s attendance count last Friday was 21,481, which is about 370 students more than the same time last year. At the end of May, the system had 21,143 students, which means the system only grew 340 students over the summer months.

In the last few years, the system has annually grown by 800-1,000 students per year.

“Traditionally, we’ve grown by the equivalent of a large elementary school each year. So far, this year, it’s only half a school,” Jackson said.

The system will have an attendance report to present to the school board after the Labor Day weekend. Sometimes, students who have grown up elsewhere, don’t show up for classes until after the holiday weekend.

If the growth rate has slowed, it could offer the system a cooling down process after being in the process of building new school on an almost annual basis.

“We’ll have a much better feel for this after the holiday,” Jackson said.

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