MOULTRIE — With a week of the new school year in the books, enrollment in the Colquitt County School System eclipsed last year by more than 100 students, which could make hiring new personnel necessary.

On Friday, the sixth day of classes, enrollment was up by 108 from the sixth class day in 2013. There were 9,658 students in grades K-12 on Friday, compared to 9,550 on the same school day last year.

“We’ve been going about an average of 100 students” more each school year, Schools Superintendent Samuel DePaul said.

The biggest enrollment increases have come at Hamilton Elementary, which is up to about 275 students, and Stringfellow Elementary, where enrollment is up to about 350 students.

DePaul said he could not immediately give last year’s numbers for those two schools. Doerun and Hamilton are the system’s two smallest schools, and Stringfellow falls into the medium-sized elementary campuses.

“Those two may be the two places we may have to add additional staff,” DePaul said. “We do have some additional needs for classes due to those numbers. For example, Stringfellow will need an additional elementary teacher and an additional at least half-time special education teacher.”

As is normal at the beginning of the school year, some bus routes may need some tweaking due to shifts in population.

“Actually we’ve had a great start,” DePaul said. “With those numbers, it caused a few problems at those couple of schools.”

The system’s 10 elementary schools will start the day 15 minutes earlier than last year — 7:45 a.m. instead of 8.

“That will be 44 hours added to instructional time,” DePaul said. “It is very much needed.”

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