Hamilton County Sees Growth In Enrollment Numbers In Schools

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Superintendent Rick Smith told the Hamilton County Board of Education that Westview Elementary was ready to reopen after a vandalism attack on Tuesday because of the hard work of staff.

He said, "I went out there today. You would really have to look to find damage today. That's how hard people worked from about lunchtime yesterday to about 9 p.m."

He described getting the news, saying, "Yesterday morning my phone rings at 5:25 a.m. and that's never a good thing.

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During the meeting, he also described the growth experienced by local schools. 

He said, "From last Thursday to today we've enrolled 2,200 students." He said he expects that number to increase.

Particularly, the eastern portion of the county has experienced dramatic growth. 

The board also discussed possible insurance plans to adopt for employees.

Board member Rhonda Thurman said insurance costs have been "outpacing the growth every year since I've been on the board...It's eating up every bit of growth that we get and we have to do something to stop that." 

Another member said, "I would like to see something else other than what we have now."


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