Enrollment Rising in Morgan County School System | Education

Enrollment in the Morgan County charter school system continued its upward trend, according to a report presented to the Morgan County School Board at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Deputy Superintendent Jay Homan told the board that the number of students enrolled in Morgan County schools for the first day of January 2022 had reached 3,398 students. Holman said this was the highest number of students enrolled in Morgan County schools in the past 12 years and the numbers appear to be rising.

“It’s slowly come down over the past few years, but now it’s picked up again,” Homan told the board.

According to a chart provided to board members and presented at the meeting, as of January 2018, 3,085 students were enrolled in Morgan County schools. In 2019, this number was 3,090. A year later, this number increased to 3,226 in 2020 and 3,256 in January 2021.

“That’s the highest we had in January,” Homan said.

“That’s a good leap in two years,” Morgan County School Board Chairman Andrew Ainslie III said.

Dr. Virgil Cole, superintendent of the Morgan County charter school system, said that in announcing that Rivian was building a truck-building plant partly in Morgan County, school administrators were contacting academics who would compile a study based, in part, on the experiences of other areas that have had a large-scale industrial facility placed in the district.

Either way, he said the numbers showed a steady increase in the system. “We are sort of catching up with the trend of the past 12 years.”

Ainslie said the numbers were currently manageable with space at each of Morgan County’s four schools, however, he asked for Homan’s diligence. “We have to be careful over the next few months and years.”

In other news from the Morgan County Board of Education, the board voted unanimously to elect Ainslie for another term as president. The board also voted unanimously to elect member Cheryl Bland as vice-chair.

Jeremy S. McLain