Earlier Start for Some Enterprise High Students Next Year

Beginning next school year, expect to see Enterprise High School students being shuttled to several sites around the city.

School officials say it's essential to start the day earlier and end classes at around three o'clock.

For more than 20 years, Carroll Street School in Enterprise's Baptist Hill Community has offered enrichment classes for elementary school children. But beginning next school year, the school may be transformed into a second campus for the high school.

In order to start classes earlier in the morning, students will be divided between here and the EOCC campus.

Rick Rainer, principal at Enterprise High School said, "Starting later like we have, presents numerous problems, and that's why we need to start earlier. Child care for faculty and staff is one problem."

Under the plan, all the students will arrive at EOCC. Then, buses will transport those students assigned to Carroll Street in the afternoon. All will then be back on the community college campus.

Assistant Principal Steve Graves at Enterprise High School, said, "We hope to have the kids arrive at the community college by eight in the morning, and then we will start busing those assigned to Carroll Street and have them there by 8:15. Then, another group comes to the college campus."

Enterprise School Superintendent Dr. Jim Reese says it's a complex plan, but everyone is working together to get this accomplished. "This school year has been remarkable,” he said. “It seems everyone [is] working together with folks not looking at hours and things like that."

No definite decisions have been made, but it's believed 23 classrooms can be offered at Carroll Street.

Besides Carroll Street, the school district's service center and several other sites may be converted into high school classrooms next year.

Under the proposal, the enrichment classes currently offered at Carroll Street will be held at the respective elementary schools in the school district.


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