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LC enrollment numbers rising daily

By Kay S. Pedrotti Registration numbers are changing almost daily for Lamar County schools, said Dr. Jute Wilson, superintendent. ’Right now, we are at 2,775, getting closer to that 2,800 number,’ he added. ‘Our largest class is first grade at 226 and the smallest 11th grade at 176.’ Gordon State College enrolled about 4.100 students but will not know the actual count until ‘census day’ in October. Students began moving into residence halls yesterday; about 900 are expected to live on campus. Classes start tomorrow at the main campus and those in Mc-Donough and Griffin. Among ‘new things’ at Lamar schools for this year are student-led conferences between parents and teachers for third graders and ‘data walls’ in each classroom to help keep parents informed and allow students to track their progress, said elementary principal Dr. Andrea Scandrett. The high school features a new courtyard area for student lunches and enjoying outdoors, principal Matt Adams noted. Also, a ‘Golden Spear Honor Wall’ has been installed and starts with the names of 2015 honor graduates — each year the top students will be recognized ‘as evidence of ‘our commitment to scholastic achievement,’ he said. Principal Dr. Julie Steele said the middle school will offer four courses for eighth graders to earn high school credits: Coordinate Algebra, Spanish I, Intermediate Chorus I and Intermediate Band I.

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