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Fort Mill elementary, middle schools still under enrollment freeze. What to know.

‘So far it’s been wonderful’: Rock Hill students report to class for first day of school

Students across the area reported back to school Monday from summer break. Teachers at Ebinport Elementary School said the first day has been smooth and teachers are looking forward to getting to know the children.
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Students across the area reported back to school Monday from summer break. Teachers at Ebinport Elementary School said the first day has been smooth and teachers are looking forward to getting to know the children.

Several Fort Mill schools will continue the freeze on new student enrollment through 2019-2020.

Fort Mill continues to see record growth. As of the seventh day of school, the district had 16,940 students enrolled, an increase of 928 students compared to the same time in 2017-’18, said Joe Burke, spokesperson for the district.

The enrollment freezes were announced in 2018 and impact new students who enroll in the affected attendance areas, Burke said.

That means some students will not be able to attend the school for which they are zoned.

Students attending a school other than where they are zoned will board their assigned bus and travel to their home school each day, according to the district. The students then will take a shuttle from their home school to their new school each morning, and back to their home school in the afternoon to board the bus home.

Schools under an enrollment freeze are:

  • Banks Trail Middle School: Any new student living in Banks Trail Middle’s attendance zone will instead attend Fort Mill Middle School.
  • Doby’s Bridge Elementary School: New first, second, fourth and fifth graders in the Doby’s Bridge attendance zone will be enrolled at Springfield Elementary. New kindergarten and third grade students will attend Fort Mill Elementary School.
  • Gold Hill Elementary School: New students living in Gold Hill Elementary’s attendance zone will enroll at Orchard Park Elementary.
  • Springfield Elementary School: New kindergarten and third grade students living in Springfield’s attendance zone will enroll at Fort Mill Elementary.

For more information, contact Antwon Sutton at 803-548-2527 or suttona@fortmillschools.org.

Catawba Ridge High School in Fort Mill welcomed its first year of students Monday on the first day of school. Students in grades 9 to 11 attend the school.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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