Headland Growing Population

New homes are building at Headland area; officials predict it will put a crunch on an already growing school population.

“Over the past five years we have seen tremendous growth. Approximately 90 children more than what we had five years ago. My facility and staff are working real hard to accommodate. We are just about to the max,” said Faye Shipes, Headland Elementary School Principal.

About 700 new homes are going to be in the area which means there will be more students to teach.

“Whatever we do it has to be immediate. By the time you go through the hoops and the planning process. If we start now it will be two years down the road before we can have anything completed,” said Dennis Coe Henry Co. School Superintendent.

Currently the cafeteria holds 168 students. The 4th and 5th graders have to cross the street to have breakfast and lunch. A new cafeteria could cost between $1.1 and $1.2 million.

Shipes said they will need about 12 more classrooms in the next three years, each costing about $60,000

On Thursday, board of education members plan to walk through headland elementary and headland middle school to see where future development can occur.