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School enrollment increases in Berkeley County

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Berkeley County School District released its eighth day enrollment numbers today, noting growth along the Interstate 526 and Interstate 26 corridor between Daniel Island, Hanahan and Goose Creek.

"As the county population grows, so grows our student enrollment," said superintendent Dr. Rodney Thompson. "As of day eight, August 28, 2013, our Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade student population has increased by 838 students over day eight of last year (August 27, 2012) for a student enrollment of 30,959," said Thompson.

Additionally, the district serves 842 four-year-old students in the South Carolina Child Development Education Pilot Program, CDEPP, and 92 three and four-year-old students in a specially designed preschool program for developmentally handicapped children.  Total district enrollment when all components are added together is 31, 893. That number excludes the federally funded "Head Start" program enrollment of more than 500 children.

"We are also seeing increased enrollment in some of our traditionally smaller communities such as Cainhoy and Moncks Corner," said Thompson.

Recognizing the demands that an increased population places on school infrastructure, Berkeley County residents passed a school improvement referendum by a margin of 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent.  Five new schools will be built and 29 schools are being renovated to expand instructional capacity or to improve school safety features.

"Safety of our students is our number one priority. An exceptionally large enrollment strains the building's instructional capacity, makes transportation logistics at arrival and dismissal harder to manage safely, and extends cafeteria lunch service from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. which is difficult for small children who may eat very early or very late in the day," said Thompson. 

"Our student population growth is fueled by families who are moving to this area for job opportunities, reasonable housing prices, and great schools. This is the second year in a row we have grown by 800 or more students.  Berkeley County is a great place to live, work and raise a family," said Thompson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

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