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An Estimated 1,075 Students
Return For New School Year
by Gary Knight

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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 world.

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 elsewhere.

Calhoun County High 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.

Pleasant Hill 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. It’s exciting.”

Arnoldsburg 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.


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