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Lee Schools are growing

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October 17, 2003

Leesburg -- Lee County is making room for new students. Their well-documented population surge is forcing educators to find ways to meet the demands for classroom space. And the only way to do that is build, build, build.

It's not exactly cramped inside the year old Lee County Middle School. But, with class sizes of 26 and 28 students, the new principal would like a little more room. Gail Melvin says, "Ideal class size, I would like 21, that would be ideal for me and the teachers too." And she will probably get her wish.

Superintendent Lawrence Walters says, "We are going to have to look at our schools in terms of room for these students." For the Middle School, that means 12 new classrooms. The school system is asking for $523,000 in state money to pay half of the bill-- the rest of the money will come from the SPLOST.

And there's more, "We've tried to anticipate the growth and be proactive and position ourselves for the increased enrollment."

There are plans to replace 50-year-old Twin Oaks Elementary with a brand new school. Also, the High School, which has already seen additions, is set to get more classrooms as well. The Superintendent says all this growth is good, "It's very good, again we have a record enrollment in Lee County and it's the place to be."

5,500 students are enrolled in Lee County Schools, the most ever, and that number is only expected to increase. Over the Christmas holidays, renovations on Lee County Elementary will begin. Most of the work will be structural improvements.

Posted at 4:30 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com