A whopping increase of 650 additional students since the first day of school is putting pressure on the Barrow County School System, affecting everything from school finances to bus routes. Overall, the system gained 213 additional students from 2009 with a current total of 12,810 in the system.
Superintendent Wanda Creel told the Barrow County Board of Education Tuesday that as of “the 20th day count” (a traditional time to tally students at the beginning of a new school year), there are 650 more students enrolled in Barrow County than were reported on the first day of school. This increase has resulted in a “tremendous amount of difference in bus routes” and, she told the board, the transportation department is “working feverishly” to increase drivers and busses in order to meet current needs.
“We will continue this process until we get stabilized,” Creel said, which she projected will be “around the end of September.”
In the meantime, parents are being notified of route changes in letters, which are “going out as routes are adjusted,” she said.