Effingham Schools see increase in enrollment

Effingham Schools see increase in enrollment

EFFINGHAM, Ga. (WTOC) -School’s out for summer, but the students aren’t going anywhere in Effingham County.

Right now, the district is gaining close to 400 students each year.

Rincon Elementary is the newest school in the Effingham County School District. With outstanding growth, the district says they’ll need another new school in 3 years.

“It’s just to help with the overcrowding that will help us gain a year or two years, but we really need to look at building an elementary school and then a middle school,” said Superintendent Randy Shearouse.

Shearouse says their enrollment is increasing three percent each year.

Effingham Schools see increase in enrollment

The growth will demand a new elementary school in three years and a new middle school in five.

Parents like Adrian Webber moved to Effingham county for the good school district. She’s pleased the school district is thinking ahead.

“We have not experienced any issues with overcrowding yet, but I can definitely see that coming with the growth.”

1,000 students are enjoying their summer after finishing their first year at Rincon Elementary. The $21 million school funded by E- SPLOST opened in August. It was yet another way for the school district to handle the ongoing growth.

E-SPLOST is paying for Rincon Elementary, but the school district might pursue a referendum bond to pay for these two new schools.

“You got to find money to build the schools," said Dr. Randy Shearhouse with Superintendent of Effingham Co. School District. "You’ll have to find the staff. There is a teacher shortage especially in areas of math, special education and science. Those will be some challenges we face. You’ve got to find land. You’ve got to design your building. All of those things have to take place.”

Dr. Shearouse doesn’t anticipate E-SPLOST funding their next two schools. The district is hopeful taxpayers would support a potential bond referendum.

“We’ve been very fortunate in the past. I think if they see the need. They know that we have the need. They know that we are growing. They want us to have good schools in Effingham county then they will support it.”

There is not a specific location in place for the new elementary and middle school, but superintendent shearouse says it will need to be here on the south end of the county.

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