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Schools: District enrollment beats projections
By Charles Swenson
Enrollment is up this year in Georgetown County public schools with Waccamaw Intermediate leading the way with an increase of 51 students.
The district has lost students in eight of the previous 10 years.
“I’m really pleased at this point,” Superintendent Randy Dozier said after reviewing the attendance numbers from the first day after the Labor Day holiday. “We’re not going backward as we have been.”
The district’s enrollment was 9,359 as of Tuesday. That’s a net increase of 55 over projections made before the start of school on Aug. 21.
“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it does equate to a good bit of money,” Dozier said.
The district receives funds from the state based on its enrollment. In addition, funding is higher for some categories of students, such as kindergarten and primary students and those with disabilities.
The gain at Waccamaw Intermediate was 10 percent above the district’s projection. It has 567 students in grades four through six.
Principal Tim Carnahan said there was a surge of new student registrations at the school’s open house. There were also transfers from other district schools, particularly for sixth grade, which is in a self-contained wing at Waccamaw Intermediate, but included with seventh and eighth grades at middle schools in Georgetown, Andrews and Carvers Bay. Enrollment at Waccamaw Middle was up by 26 to 453; Waccamaw High rose 10 students to 822; Waccamaw Elementary added four to hit 628. There are also 164 students at Coastal Montessori Charter School, which is approved for 165 in grades one through six.
Enrollment was also up by 22 students to 949 at Georgetown High, the county’s largest school. The numbers fell below projections at Andrews and Carvers Bay high schools. Andrews has 528 students, 39 less than projected and the fewest since the school was built in 2001. Carvers Bay was 17 below projections at 397.