Madison City Schools discusses growth that exceeds staffing plans for upcoming school year

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MADISON, Ala. – As the new school year approaches, one school system talked about its plans to deal with increased student enrollment.

Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker plans to hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss plans to tackle the growth. School officials say the growth has exceeded staffing plans. The growth also provides a challenge for bus transportation.

According to Madison City Schools’ website, 1,002 new students, grades 1-12, are enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year. The number does not include kindergarten or pre-K students.

Parker said the district is expected around 225-250 new students on the first day, as opposed to the number on the district’s website.

“Let me be very clear: We are not expecting a thousand new students on the first day of school,” Parker said.

The number is expected to grow to about 600 by the end of the school year, Parker said. He added that the district has a plan to deal with the growth.

“Our city is growing, but our city has always grown,” he said.

Parker said parents need to re-enroll their students now in order for the district to be as ready as possible on the first day.

He also said voting for a 12-mill tax increase in September will help the district continue to deal with the growth and help offer students the quality of education they deserve.