JEMISON, Ala. (WIAT) — Enrollment is growing in the Chilton County School District, leaders say, and they’re preparing for even more of it going forward.
Students returned to class Tuesday. Superintendent Jason Griffin said at least 7,500 kids will attend the county’s schools this year, compared with about 6,500 just a few years ago. Meanwhile, the county is getting a new farm center in the next couple years, which he expects will increase enrollment as well.
“It’s an exciting time to be in Chilton County, either as a student or as just someone who lives in the community,” Griffin said. “It is a changing community from a bedroom community to, we hope, a major industrial factory development in our state.”
Griffin said the increase in the county’s population will bring in more tax revenue, which is good for the schools. He also said leaders have already talked about using the addition revenue for future facility improvements.
In the meantime, Griffin and his faculty hope to help prepare all students for success after high school and that begins with a strong start to the school year, which Jemison Elementary School principal Scott Ingram tries to facilitate.
“We try to, as much as possible, get everything in place that we can for the teachers and for the students returning,” Ingram said. “And communication out to the parents is very important about things like car rider in the morning and just basic, procedural things that we try to get down. But if we start off strong, it usually carries over to the rest of the year.”