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District enrollment surges past projections

SUWANEE -- The number of students tallied in Gwinnett County Public Schools has caught up to projections -- and then some.

On Monday, Gwinnett County Public Schools staff held a second official enrollment count, numbering 162,741 students. That's 106 more pupils than the projected post-Labor Day forecast.

District Spokesperson Sloan Roach said the number has grown by 3,984 since the second day of school last week.

Over the past five years, the district's enrollment has grown on average by about 5,000 students from the second day of school tally until the final count on Sept. 4, Roach said.

Historically, enrollment continues to climb during the year with the post-Labor Day count more accurately reflecting school enrollment.

The remaining enrollment counts will take place on Aug. 20, Aug. 27 and Sept. 4

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TartuffeSlayer 1 year, 8 months ago

GCPS has not come close to projections for years. It appears they just make up numbers. Is this why high school classes across the county have forty or more students. Parents should outraged.

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GwinnettFan 1 year, 8 months ago

GCPS has consistently come within a half to one percent of projections by Labor Day for a number of years, which is phenomenal forecasting in such a big county. In fact, the district is known and admired for it outside Gwinnett. Housing starts, births per year, population growth patterns all go into the formula. It appears planning projections will fall in that margin again this year.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

They probably have caught up with projections. They filled the seats with Dekalb, Walton, Barrow, and Jackson County kids. I would like to see a sworn Affidavit from every child's parent that their child is indeed a resident in Gwinnett County in much the same way they do in Fulton County Schools (HERE IS THE LINK): Fulton County Schools Affidavit of Residence. That way, when they are lying their rear ends off about where they live, they get to go to jail!

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dman 1 year, 8 months ago

hip hip hooray...I agree with NewsReader...if you don't reside here, you can't come to our citizen-taxed, paid for, Public Education. That goes for all. If you like Gwinnett BOE Schools that much, then move on in and help on paying for that School tax, like I do.

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R 1 year, 8 months ago

With a base of 160 THOUSAND does an amount of 106 really equal a SURGE?

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CD 1 year, 8 months ago

The REAL truth is that since English is ESOL, the only way our friends visiting from south of the Rio Grande know it's time for school is when they see the yellow twinkie rolling by. They then sign them up for babysitting services/free food immediately.

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R 1 year, 8 months ago

The "Rolling Twinkie" Very well played

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ptcconcerns 1 year, 8 months ago

Parents are outraged, but what can they really do? The sheeple of the county vote in ESplost that does nothing to serve our true needs (space and teachers - nothing in my district anyway) and we recently re-elected a board member, who ran unopposed. There should be term limits on the school board. Then the school board wastes money on bonds instead of paying as they go while our elementary, middle and high schools are overflowing with students. If you think its bad now...wait 7-10 years. Class sizes this year a out of hand and with more cuts and more students its only going to get worse. There are a lot of things GCPS could do to improve, but I am willing to bet we will be talking about the same problems in 10 years. GC government couldn't see past the developer money in the 80's and 90's and now we have all these lovely apartments flooding our schools with children.

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MotivatedMom 1 year, 8 months ago

The Gwinnett County School Board elections are Nov. 6th- and Mary Kay Murphy is being challenged by Jen Falk! My husband and I are Repbulicans but we are voting for Jen Falk (D) - first, don't think school board should be partisan - second - it's time for the school board to be accountabile for all the $$ they are spending - & not listening to us as parents or taxpayers!

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news2me 1 year, 8 months ago

Quality residents are leaving Gwinnett. The money is leaving with them. The only way GCPS's enrollment can surge past projections is by letting in students that really don't belong here. The bottom feeders want to be given everything but they don't want to have to pay for it. Gwinnett is fast becoming the next Dekalb. Quantity is killing quality.

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MotivatedMom 1 year, 8 months ago

It's time for a change on the Gwinnett County School Board - which is run by Mr. Wilbanks and hasn't had a dissenting vote in five years! It will be very interesting to see how this Gwinnett Chamber/$$ issue comes out - they are sure trying hard hiding from Open records requests - ! We need a change!

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