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Kindergarten enrollment skyrockets

The first day of school in McDuffie County came with a surprise overflow of students in kindergarten.

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Danny Warren comforts his son Dakwon Britton on the first day of classes at Maxwell Elementary.

Thomson Elementary was projected to have 150 kindergarten pupils, but by Monday, they had approximately 183. Maxwell Elementary was projected to have 150, but had approximately 162 on Monday.

"It's only the third day of school, and I'm not real comfortable with the numbers," said Mark Petersen, McDuffie County Schools Superintendent. "We really busted the dam in kindergarten, and I don't know why."

The maximum class size for kindergarten is 22 pupils with one teacher and one parapro. Currently, TES has 28-29 pupils in each class, and MES has 23-24.

Thursday evening, the board of education will vote on adding one more kindergarten teacher at MES and two more at TES. They will discuss adding three parapros also. Dr. Petersen said he hopes to have the new teachers "in the classroom Friday morning."

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Students and parents walk down the main hall Friday morning at Thomson Elementary School.

Dr. Petersen said total enrollment for the county was down by 20, even with the kindergarten increase.



Web posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005











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