Coffee County Schools Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth said that enrollment increases in the county’s two New Brockton schools has totaled over 300 students since the 2017-2018 school year at a special called Coffee County Board of Education work session on Sept. 12.
Showing enrollment from the fifth day of school from August 2017 to August 2019, New Brockton Elementary School has increased from 384 to 625, though Killingsworth said that about 50 new students have enrolled since the numbers were printed out.
New Brockton High School rose from 375 students to 460 students in that same amount of time, with Killingsworth saying that two more had enrolled since the numbers were printed out.
That’s a total increase of 353 students including the updated numbers over the past two years, or 326 students without the updated numbers.
“I would like to add that each and every week we have increased enrollment at New Brockton Elementary School,” Killingsworth said. “We’re up now to actually a little over 650 students, because we’ve had an additional 25 plus students enroll since that fifth day of school. We’ve had an additional two at New Brockton High School.”
In fact, every school within the system except Zion Chapel School has shown growth in the past two years with Kinston School increasing 24 students over the past two years.
Zion Chapel decreased 50 students over the past two years.
This brings a total system enrollment increase of 300 students without the updated numbers and 327 including the updated numbers from Aug. 2017 to Aug. 2019.
“I wanted to present these numbers to the board because we have some things to look at going forward with our capital projects and what we hope to accomplish in the coming months.”
These numbers do not include the 88 Pre-K students who are not part of the foundation program.
Killingsworth noted that Enterprise City Schools’ implementation of tuition in the spring of 2018 is a major factor in the increase of enrollment at the New Brockton schools.
To deal with the initial increase that spring, the county had to move the sixth graders at New Brockton Elementary School to New Brockton High School as well as hire additional bus drivers and purchase additional busses.
In October of 2018, the county was able to move the sixth graders back to NBES once modular classrooms were set up at the school.
Killingsworth said that enrollment continued to increase throughout the 2018-2019 school year continuing into May of 2019 and still hasn’t stopped.
“This summer, we worked to maximize every available space for our upcoming school year to house our students,” he said. “Right now, on the New Brockton Elementary School campus we have a total of seven modular classrooms that are filled. They are full. We have used every appropriate space inside the building to be able to house all of our staff, students and teachers—and we’re actively enrolling students weekly. We welcome these students with open arms and want to be able to educate them, keep them safe and feed them so we must develop a plan going forward to be able to do that.”