Walton County schools seeing more students

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Walton County Schools have been growing at a rate of 400 students per year, according to the school district.

As Walton County grows, schools across the county are seeing more students. (WJHG/WECP)

At South Walton High School, they're trying to stay ahead of the growth by adding more buildings.

"We are anticipatory that we will continue to have student growth, over the next three to four years, and then it will level out," Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, principal of South Walton High School, said. "South Walton is growing, but the infrastructure here is only going to allow so much more growth."

In South Walton, a new elementary school has already been built to help with the increase in students. Superintendent Russell Hughes says Freeport may soon need to add a new school building as well.

"We're going to have to look quickly, and we're talking to the state right now, about some building we're going to have to do in the Freeport area because of the excessive growth," Hughes said.

Freeport Middle School Principal John Olson says Tuesday, they enrolled more students.

"I've been here two months, September 8th, and we've gone up 61 students," Olson said.

Freeport Middle School has gone from six to seven class periods and added new courses due to the growth. Olson says they have the teaching resources to deal with all the added students.

"The teaching pool here is abundant of good teachers to work in Walton County," Olson said.

Safety will still be a priority as the school grows.

"In the small community here, safety is a priority not just with the superintendent, but with the school board and the staff members here," Olson said.

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