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School district addresses overcrowding

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Recent growth in Cherokee County has caused a number of its public schools to become overcrowded.

Although no school is categorized as "critically overcrowded" -- where it exceeds 140 percent of its enrollment capacity -- 13 Cherokee County schools would operate at more than 100 percent capacity if portable classrooms were removed.

Those schools include:

Elementary: Bascomb, Carmel, Free Home, Liberty, Little River

Middle: Creekland, Dean Rusk, E.T. Booth, Mill Creek, Woodstock

High: Cherokee, Sequoyah, Woodstock

(The italicized schools are operating at more than 120 percent capacity.)

The Cherokee County School District plans to tackle overcrowding by spending special SPLOST dollars on education projects. Earlier this school year, the district opened a new, larger Teasley Middle School in Canton on the site of the old school. The replacement building eased overcrowding at both the middle school and its feeder elementary schools.

The district also created an Etowah East Annex on the fomer site of Chapman Intermediate, which eliminated all portable classrooms at Woodstock's Etowah High School.

A new Dean Rusk Middle School is slated to be built on the site of the current one, which will help with the crowding problem at both that school and Sequoyah High. The school will be ready in time for the 2016-17 school year.

School district leaders are analyzing enrollment data to determine additional steps that will help alleviate overcrowding.

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