Houston County School Leaders Have Answer to Classroom Overcrowding Problem

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

The sign reads, ‘Wicksburg High’; go a little further down to the marquee and a kindergarten entry test is advertised.

The K-12 school faces a little problem, along with Rehobeth Elementary and middle schools; that problem is overcrowding.

"They are maxed-out as far as their classrooms are concerned," says Houston County School Superintendent Tim Pitchford.

In a move by school officials, a workshop was held Monday evening to determine how to battle the issue.

It’s been determined that a new building for K-3rd or K- 5th grades will be housed on the Wicksburg campus, while 10 more classrooms could be added to the Rehobeth Elementary and Middle School.

The move will free up about 450 seats in Wicksburg classrooms and lessen the crowd-load that packed above capacity at Rehobeth.

"It's a good problem to have. I'd rather have a school system where people are breaking into, than breaking out of. With growth, there's a good, positive school system that people are moving into because of good schools. Therefore, we have problems that need to be addressed,” concludes Pitchford.

Pitchford also says it's not a matter of "if" the construction will take place, but "when" it’ll take place.

The issue lies in funding.

Architects and other building experts have already been on both campuses.

The school system already has a $5 million dollar bond issue provided by the state.

Leaders want to know how much more borrowing power they have.

Meanwhile, the other issue county officials’ face is safety. Sometimes students must travel from one campus to another for certain classes.

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  • by charles Location: dothan on Aug 3, 2007 at 04:51 PM
    Crowding of rehobeth schools would not be a problem, if the school board would step up and make the kids that live in the dothan city limits go to the dothan city schools. Alot of my kids friends sre being brought to school by there parents,because they want to come to rehobeth and not go to the city schools. As a concerned and county tax paying citizens I think we need to put a stop to this and now.I bought my home in the county and pay my property taxes for the county and I think that the other kids parents need to move out here out of the city if they want there kids to go to a houston cnty school. Thankyou for your time.
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