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Schools gear up for the first day

Harmony sees largest new enrollment
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    At their July meeting, the Pickens County school board seemed pleased about student enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, with 93 new students signed up during countywide registration.  
    Harmony Elementary saw the highest new student enrollment at 26; followed by 13 at Hill City Elementary; then 12 at both Jasper Elementary and Pickens High; eight for the pre-k program; nine at Tate Elementary; seven at Pickens County Middle; and six at Jasper Middle. 

    This brings current enrollment to 4,359 system wide. Enrollment numbers by school are: Pickens High, 1,422; Pickens County Middle, 454; Jasper Middle, 551; Tate Elementary, 307; Jasper Elementary, 503; Hill City Elementary, 598; and Harmony Elementary, 524. These numbers change daily as students are registered at the central office.
    The board said the high number of new students at Harmony could mean a new teacher will be needed at that campus.
    Pickens County Schools Operations Director Stacy Gilleland said his crews have been busy all summer on maintenance and repairs in preparation for students. Gutter cleaning, painting, sprinkler installation, insect management and many other items have been checked of the list. He expects all campuses to be ready for the first day of classes on August 1.
    “We’ve got a lot of loose ends but we’ll get it all done,” he said. “Things always come together in the end.”