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Fort Mill schools hit the magic number: 14,000

Banks Trail Middle School special education teacher Trish Mumaw was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year. The award comes with the free use of a new car for a year.
Banks Trail Middle School special education teacher Trish Mumaw was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year. The award comes with the free use of a new car for a year.

If anyone doubted Fort Mill’s growth, they can’t deny it now. The Fort Mill School District reached a milestone enrollment with 14,000 students.

More than 6,500 of those students are at the elementary level, 3,359 students are in middle school and 4,112 are high school students. The student population reached 14,000 on Sept. 9, officials said at the Sept. 12 school board meeting.

The district’s last 10-year plan called for 18,000 students by 2024, Superintendent Chuck Epps said.

“I believe that will be accelerated now with the latest (figure),” he said.

“We always talk about us surpassing Rock Hill in the near future. I think that will occur. It’s kind of amazing to think about surpassing Rock Hill in becoming the largest district in the county.”

There are “nearly 18,000 students” in Rock Hill schools now, according to the District Three website.

Construction Update

The school board awarded the early site package contract for its third high school to Hoopaugh Grading for $4,837,453.94, said Jim Britton with Cumming Corp., a Fort Mill-based construction management company.

Pleasant Knoll Middle School is beginning to take shape and is expected to be completed in May 2017.

The work to expand Fort Mill High School is nearing completion and upgrades to Bob Jones Stadium are on track for an April 10, 2017 completion, but may be finished earlier.

Despite delays due to land permit issues, Cumming Corp expects work to begin next week on the district’s training and support facility.

Financials

The district had $4.5 million in revenue and $3.6 million in expenditures as of July 31, said Leanne Lordo, assistant superintendent of finance and operations.

She said while the district does not pay out any teacher salaries in July, the bulk of the expenditures is related to technology contracts, pupil activity supplement funding and non-salaried employees.

The district collected $212,500 in impact fees in August, Epps said. Impact fee revenue to date totals more than $41 million.

“That’s $41 million applied toward tax relief for our citizens,” he said.

Special Recognitions

Banks Trail Middle School special education teacher Trish Mumaw was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Jeanette Shelley, technology assistant at Sugar Creek Elementary School, was named the 2016 Support Staff of the Year.

Gail Vawter of Springfield Middle School was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The monthly attendance winner was Doby’s Bridge Elementary School with 99.7 percent, Epps said.

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