MOULTRIE -- On Wednesday, Colquitt County schools enrollment swelled by about 70 students with the ripple effect of Hurricane Katrina.

Living now at the Norman Park Baptist Assembly are 35 children who will attend prekindergarten through fifth grade. Also, there are several middle school-aged students and a few high school-aged students, Superintendent Leonard McCoy said Tuesday.

So far, six displaced students enrolled at Colquitt County High School, two at Norman Park Elementary with two more anticipated and two at R.B. Wright Elementary. These numbers are before registration at the shelter midafternoon Tuesday.

The increase in student population shouldn't require the school district to hire extra teachers, McCoy said.

"We have available space to be able to serve these children. There's two key things we're emphasizing throughout Colquitt County schools. The first thing is we will not be encumbered by bureaucracy. The second thing is we're going to nurture these children. Our key role is to return to a sense of normalcy," he said.

Most of these displaced children are from Mississippi. Students will have lost about a week of school, McCoy said.

"... Which is not anything overwhelming. If there are services we need to extend to remediate that, we'll do it," he said.

The school district will provide the essential school supplies for the county's new students.

"Whatever they need, we'll take care of it," he said. "We're organized, capable and very interested in assisting not just these children but the entire relief effort through the Colquitt County Schools. We understand how to help children, and that's what we'll do with all the children enrolled in our schools, some of whom happen to be here as a result of Hurricane Katrina."

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