Calhoun schools opened last Thursday for the
2014-15 academic year.
Students arrived bright and early, ready to begin
what will be a year of learning and growing, as each prepares for his or
her role in an ever-changing, challenging, competitive and demanding
According to superintendent Timothy Woodward, early
estimates are that enrollment is up, with approximately 1,075 students,
including 54 kindergarten students at
Pleasant Hill and 44 at Arnoldsburg.
Woodward said he doesn’t anticipate a drop in
numbers, but that may occur: “I hope this is a trend for the positive.”
Recent years have seen a decline in student
enrollment in Calhoun schools, due in part to an aging population and
those compelled, in increasing numbers, to seek gainful employment
School, over the past decade, has
consistently graduated just one-half to three-fourths of what it once
did. There are hopes that the trend will be reversed.
Administrators and teachers have prepared for
implementation of new, innovative and challenging strategies and
initiatives; i.e., Common Core, imbedded credit, and “Save the
Children,” along with others.
These programs, according to proponents, promise to
bring enhanced instruction, learning, and preparedness for students.
School has a new
principal, Tyson Price, who is, “looking forward to a great year.”
Calhoun Middle/High School principal Kelli Whytsell
said, “It is a great first day. Students came back excited and mannerly.
School principal Jeannie
Bennett said, “It’s awesome. We had a remarkably smooth beginning.
Students are happy to be back.”
Director Bryan Sterns reported that Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center
had an “outstanding beginning.”
“We’re excited,” said Sterns, “we have a number of
new programs, including robotics, being taught to second year students,
and the new imbedded credit.”
The career center has had a face lift, with
painting and floor refinishing, thanks to a summer SBA project.
This year, students are mandated by law to make up
all days missed due to inclement weather or any other event that
requires the closing of county schools.