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Lee County struggles with school space

Lee County -- South Georgia's fastest growing county is bursting at the seams. It's one of the fastest growing counties in the country, and that means the school system is also growing, at a rate that threatens to crowd classrooms.

Students at Lee County high are, for the most part, in comfortable class settings. On average there are between 20 to 25 students in each class, but some teachers don't even have their own classrooms, and when next year's freshmen arrive, things could get even more crowded, and that's why changes are on the way.

Lee county High seniors graduate May 28th. Principal Dr. Bill Truby says, "We are going to graduate just over three hundred students this year, I hope, and yet, the freshman class coming up is close to 500."

That means 200 additional students, but classes are already packed. Some teachers don't even have their own classrooms. "We have mobile teachers, yes we do. They're on carts and wheels, and they've been most cooperative. I don't think it effects education, but it does make you tired, and we'd like to change that and give everybody a comfortable place to be."

Six portable buildings will be added next fall as a temporary wing to the school. When the new Freshman academy is completed, in about three years, the buildings may be used for other purposes, but the purpose of the buildings now is to keep the quality of education at Lee County high up to par.

"If we have happy teaches, we're going to have great students and our teachers are great and we need to keep them pumped up and the way that we do that is to provide quality classrooms for them and a quality facility, that sure helps," said Truby.

Planning for the new elementary school is expected to begin in the fall.