Bay District Schools enrollment higher than anticipated

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District Schools officials weren't sure what to expect for enrollment this school year after Hurricane Michael, but district members say the numbers are up, especially at schools in Panama City Beach.

Many schools are over a 90% capacity rate, which is high. (WJHG/WECP)

School Board Chairman Steve Moss says many schools in Bay County are over 90% capacity, which is the cut-off for students from another school zone to attend that school, and why some schools may have fuller classes than others.

He says he believes schools on the beach are at such a high capacity because there's more housing in that area.

"We had more students show up than we had anticipated post-hurricane, and we think those numbers will continue, hopefully, to increase as the housing options increase, especially on the east side of the county," said Moss.

Due to the higher number of students than expected, Moss says they are in need of more teachers.

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