First months of school generate some impressive numbers

First months of school generate some impressive numbers

With a couple of months in the classroom under our belts, the staff and students of Gwinnett County Schools (GCPS) have a great start on the 2006–07 school year. Here’s a look at the school start by the numbers…

Counts show projection on target… A Sept. 5 count put student enrollment at 151,885 students, just 18 (or .01%) shy of the system’s projected enrollment of 151,903 students. Typically, enrollment peaks in the fourth or fifth school month.

New staff members fill spots in new classrooms… More than 1,500 teachers joined the GCPS teaching corps over the summer and 500-plus classified staff members— bus managers, cafeteria workers, office staff, and others— also came on board for the new school year. With more than 24,000 employees, GCPS is the largest employer in Gwinnett and one of the largest in the state.

Summer work prepares schools for students… The Trickum MS replacement facility (located at 130 Killian Hill Rd. in Lilburn) was the only new school opened for 2006–07, while 10 additions opened at existing schools this year. Other schools benefited from renovations of core facilities, such as kitchens, cafeterias, media centers, and restrooms, along with routine and preventive maintenance and refurbishments. Altogether, more than 250 total classrooms opened for the year, adding nearly one-million square feet of new space.

Cafeterias, bus routes boast big stats, too… A total of 1,502 buses transporting 113,000 students (about 75% of the student population) make 40,000 stops each day, driving 127,000 miles per day for a total of 23 million miles annually. Once at school, many students head over to the cafeteria for breakfast. More than 6.2 million breakfasts were served last year in 99 GCPS cafeterias. When the lunch bell rang, 104 cafeterias served 18.9 million lunches in 2005–06. With more students in the serving lines this year, expect those numbers to rise.