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February 5, 2007

Lowndes County - About 2,700 students roam the hallways at Lowndes High School making it one of the largest high schools in the state.

That's causing many parents in the county to enroll their students in smaller private schools.  "I have parents that have told me specifically that's the reason they don't send their children," say Dr. Steve Smith, Superintendent of Lowndes County Schools.

Now the Board of Education has begun planning a new, smaller high school to address this issue as well as improving the students' education.  "Schools, especially high schools between 1,300 and 1,500 students lend themselves for a better quality of education for the students so that's what we're trying to do."

In their current plans, LHS will remain the counties largest school.  "We're not going to cut it in half.  We're just going to trim some, have about 2,000-2,200 students remain at LHS," he adds.

Those wanting a smaller school experience can move to the new one.  "There would be about 800-1,000 students who would be at the new high school."

School officials believe by lowering the schools population, the students will have better educational opportunities and more involvement in extra curricular activities.  "Each student has their identity more in a smaller school and the teachers have smaller class sizes and the students tend to behave better."

They are now looking for locations for the acquisition of land and hope to have it purchased by June 30th.  They expect the new high school to be completed by the summer of 2010.

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