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Forsyth Schools on track to reach 50K students by 2018-19

District population rises at end of year



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Schools is steadily on its way to reaching 50,000 students enrolled by the 2018-19 school year.

The monthly attendance report released June 20 showed the district continues to have an increase of students.

The first report of the 2016-17 school year from September 2016 showed the district total at 46,061 students enrolled. In May, the report showed 46,739 enrolled, or an increase of nearly 700 students over the year. But the final report from the 2015-16 school year showed the district with an enrollment of 44,675, equaling roughly 1,400 students enrolling over that summer break.

The data supports predictions school officials made in June that the system will reach 50,000 students by the 2018-19 school year.

In May, District Chief Financial Officer Rick Gunn said that growth will affect the 2018 budget.

For Fiscal Year 2018, the school system student population is projected to be 47,985, an increase of 1,721 students from the current year, or 3.2 percent. Since Fiscal Year 2009, the county’s quality based education full-time equivalent student count has grown by 15,382 students, or 49.7 percent.

“To our knowledge, no other district has encountered such a long and steady growth pattern,” Gunn said.

Some of the largest areas of growth came in the county’s elementary schools. In September 2016, the total enrollment for the 21 schools was 21,301. In May, the number was 21,980.

Sawnee Elementary had the largest student count at 1,371 and increased to 1,330 over the year.

Midway Elementary had the smallest population which increased from 490 students to 512.

DeSana Middle School was the smallest in its division, with an enrollment of 687 students rising to 697. The largest middle school was Riverwatch, which increased from 1,353 students to 1,365.

The county’s five traditional high schools ranged in enrollment. All saw decreases in student numbers.

The total number of middle and high school students decreased from 24,760 to 24,575.

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