By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
The Rome City Schools saw a record number of students pass their doors this August, their enrollment topping over 6,000.
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden announced at the Tuesday school board meeting that both Rome Middle and High Schools added a sizeable amount of students to their ranks---their numbers now sitting at approximately 900 and 1,500 respectively. Surprisingly enough, two elementary schools on the same side of town also saw substantial growth.
“We’re seeing a significant amount of growth in western Rome, especially West Central Elementary and Elm Street Elementary---they’re growing at a rapid pace, to the point to where we’re almost at capacity at West Central,” Bearden says. “Down the road, we’re going to have to be looking at the possibility at expanding classroom space there if the capacity continues to grow.”
Also at the meeting, the school board approved an application for state money. Called ‘Capital Outlay Funds,’ the money will be used to help supplement funding for repairs on Rome High’s AC and roof, and add a new cafeteria to Main Street Elementary.
Though the three projects sit on the E-SPLOST project wish list, the school system requires supplemental money from the state if they want to see the developments completed.