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Oconee County Added Half an Elementary School Worth of Students This Year

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The Oconee County Board of Education.

Enrollment in Oconee County schools increased by 246 students over the last year, marking the fourth straight year that enrollment in the county schools grew by more than 3 percentage points.

Brook Whitmire, chief human resources officer for the school system, told the board of education on Monday that the growth in enrollments means that the county is adding enough students each year to represent about half of a K–5 school.

The Oconee County School District opened Dove Creek Elementary School on Hog Mountain Road in the far western part of the county this year to accommodate school growth.

The school system also added 148 new employees for the start of this academic year in August, Whitmire said, including 85 new teachers. Twenty-five of the teachers hired are in new positions, while the remainder are replacements for existing teaching staff.

In other action, Chief Academic Officer Claire Buck announced a community engagement meeting for 6–8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Oconee County Civic Center to gather input for a new five-year strategic improvement plan for the school system.

All parents, students and community members are invited to attend, Buck said.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.