Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- For the fifth and final enrollment count of Gwinnett County Public Schools students, the numbers continued to climb, with a total of 164,694.
That's 2,059 more students than district officials had at first forecasted for the 2012-13 academic year, but Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said that staff took a "conservative approach" to projections in order to "address concerns relative to the economy and growth."
"The fact that enrollment surpassed our projection is actually positive news," Wilbanks said. "I firmly believe our growing enrollment speaks to the quality of our schools and the great teaching and learning that occurs in Gwinnett classrooms."
In terms of how the number could affect GCPS operations, he said that the district "will address any growing pains, using proven processes for hiring additional teachers and adjusting classes as needed."
Added Wilbanks: "I commend our teachers and administrators who work very hard to make any necessary changes in a way that causes minimal disruptions to students and their learning."
Officials with the district had originally predicted an increase of 265 students for the 2012-13 school year.
Historically, enrollment continues to climb during the year with the post-Labor Day count more accurately reflecting school enrollment.