Houston County Schools Enrollment Increase

By: Erika Kurre
By: Erika Kurre

The number of students attending Houston County schools is on the rise. Therefore, finding classroom space to fit the kids is becoming an issue.

School officials say it's because of the staggering development rate in some parts of rural Houston County.

Each year, Rehobeth Middle School grows by about 30 to 40-students and that number is expected to break the 1,000 mark next year.

However, they’re not the only school that has more students than space.

Wicksburg High School currently has two trailers on their campus set up as student classrooms.

"We have excellent schools. Our AYP results show that. But the last thing we want to see is them to turn into trailer parks. So we need to address the issue," said Superintendent Tim Pitchford of Houston County Schools.

The main problem standing in the way of building bigger schools is funding.

A long-range planning committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the best solution.

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