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Elmore County schools anticipate increase in student population this fall

State Superintendent Sentance toured Wetumpka Elementary and Middles Schools Wednesday morning. (Source: WSFA 12 News) State Superintendent Sentance toured Wetumpka Elementary and Middles Schools Wednesday morning. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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ELMORE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

The Elmore County School District marked its first day back to school on Wednesday, welcoming returning students in droves.  

Students rode to school in brand new buses. A new high-tech fleet made its inaugural fall semester run picking up students in one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.  

The new school year brings in a new administration, as Superintendent Richard Dennis kicks off his first fall semester leading the district. Seven new special education teachers, music teachers, counselors, registrars and attendance clerks were introduced on Wednesday.

“With a new superintendent in place, we have quite a few new people around the Central Office in positions, along with a couple of new administrators in the schools," Dennis said. “Overall it’s just a matter of new expectations that have been laid out for Elmore County.” 

Dennis reduced the overall central office staffing to create more positions on the classroom level, shoring up between $800,000 to $1.2 million that will be redistributed into the district through programs for students.  

Dennis will introduce his proposed budget to the Elmore County School Board in the coming weeks, and a vote is expected in October at the latest.  

Also this year, Dennis expects to submit a capital projects plan to the State Department of Education. Elmore County is expected to see a sizable increase in its student population this school year, specifically in Wetumpka and Redland. Preliminary registration numbers show Wetumpka High School will have its largest student population to date.  

“As of [Tuesday] I have gotten the reports out of the Millbrook area, with what they perceive as increased enrollment,” Dennis said. “This morning as I visited through Wetumpka, Wetumpka High School expects to go over 1,200, which would be the largest ever.”

State Superintendent Michael Sentance toured Wetumpka Elementary and Middle Schools Wednesday morning, visiting classes that were already engaged in learning. Sentance is putting a serious emphasis on improving the state’s math scores, and increasing STEM course offerings. 

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