Enrollment Soars At Florence City Schools

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – More students than ever are walking through the halls of Florence City School’s eight campuses.

This year hundreds of students in the school district traded in their textbooks for the latest technology.

Others are studying from home, in a virtual classroom, and still more are participating in the Florence High School Fine Arts Academy.  Superintendent Janet Womack credits all these options for drawing more students than ever.

“It`s an exciting time to be a child in Florence City Schools to know they have that opportunity to realize the sky is the limit as to what they can achieve,” said Womack.

Hibbett Middle School has seen the largest increase with 70 new students.  Florence High School and Weeden Elementary also net nearly 40 additional kids.

However Womack says every school in the district has seen an increase, and this is the sixth straight year, attendance has been higher.

“I think our parents see we are very progressive and very innovative and I think we also see we are meeting the students in their world,” said Womack.  “I think ultimately that`s what every parent today wants is they want to know their students have the latest and greatest.”

Regardless of state and federal budget cuts, Womack says she’s dedicated to providing students with the best academic experience possible.

The superintendent says several families move or transfer at the beginning of a school year, and expects to have a final report in the coming weeks.

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