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Lamar County School District enrollment projections

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Lamar County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Superintendent Tess Smith said the school district is looking at a preliminary report of future growth projections.

“We go the report actually the day of the election. I was at work that day because you know I had to be here because I was a little bit of a nervous wreck that day,” said Tess Smith, Lamar County Superintendent of Education.

Smith believes that it is crucial to have the information in advance.

“It gives us an idea of how to plan. Like where the growth is and where we are going,” said Smith.

The report gives low, middle, and high ranges for enrollment projections for the next ten years.

Smith said, “We already hit the high range of these most recent projections.”

The school district has grown by 300 students this year alone.

“So, I looked at their middle of the road estimates, five years from now and they anticipate that we will be up another 1,200 students,” said Smith. “That would put us over 11,000 students in the Lamar County school district.”

The board has received the preliminary report and the final will be presented to the board within the next few weeks.

Smith said, “Anybody that knows me knows that I am very budget minded, but this is something that I intend to keep putting money towards because it has helped the district know where our growth is coming.”

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