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District ready to kick off new school year
by Adam Elrod
July 24, 2013 10:07 AM | 2456 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, custodians Rose Campbell and Norma Kiker clean and set up desks in classrooms at Hiram Elementary School last week.
From left, custodians Rose Campbell and Norma Kiker clean and set up desks in classrooms at Hiram Elementary School last week.
Paulding County School District officials are preparing for the beginning of the new school year, and have worked to get buildings ready as well.

Classes start Aug. 1 in Paulding. The district is expecting about 28,400 students to be enrolled this year, said Associate Superintendent Brian Otott.

“We are only anticipating moderate growth,” he said.

Any increase they see in numbers of students, which brings an increase in state funding, will be reflected in the following fiscal year budget.

Otott said there are a few challenges the system will face this year. One is to keep pushing students to do better in their courses and on tests.

“[We are] continuing to increase the rigor on students,” he said.

He said system leaders want to see students continue to learn and not become complacent.

During a down economy funding is always a challenge, Otott said.

Even with challenges the district has opportunities every day, he said.

“[We have a chance] to make a difference for a child,” Otott said. “That is the powerful part of the job.”

He said the job does not just fall on the teachers, but also the entire staff.

Construction Manager Ken Elsberry gave an update to the school board on three major projects at its meeting June 25.

The district has built a new Hiram Elementary School adjacent to the old school building. The project should be complete by July 25, Elsberry said.

Other summer projects included upgrades to Dallas Elementary and Union Elementary. The total cost for Dallas is about $1.2 million and for Union is $1.1 million.

Upgrades include new carpet and tile floors, new paint, new light fixtures, new ceiling tiles and instillation, new ceiling cover in the gyms, new energy efficient heating and air conditioning units and updates to the electrical and low voltage systems in the ceilings.

This year the accrediting agency for school systems, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is scheduled to review the system.

“We have been working for this visit for over a year,” Otott said. “I feel like we are fully prepared for the visit.”

He said he is looking forward to the review because they work for it every day. The district keeps increasing its test scores and is doing everything it should to educate the students, Otott said.

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