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District could add six schools by 2015
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Forsyth County News
By the 2013-14 school year, the Forsyth County Board of Education expects to have nearly 43,000 students in the school system, according to figures reviewed Thursday night.

To accommodate the expected growth of about 2,157 students a year, the district projects needing six new schools by 2015.

The county’s past and projected student population growth were used in creating the new local facilities plan, an overview of capital outlay needed from the state to meet student needs through 2015.

“We satisfied a lot of our need from the 2006 plan and it’s time to tell the state that we’re going to need some more,” said Tim Amerson, facilities planner.

“This will be used to tell the state what our needs are, and they compare our need against everyone else’s in the state.”

The previous plan, which began June 2006, was used to plan the opening of nine elementary, four middle and two high schools in Forsyth.

Five of those campuses opened this school year, which began with an enrollment of about 34,028 students.

The new facilities plan, which the board approved Thursday, covers about $24 million in construction and calls for four elementary schools and one middle and one high school.

Land has been bought for three of the six -- Kelly Mill and Pooles Mill elementary schools and East Forsyth High.

In addition, the new plan outlines more than $6 million for renovations and additions to existing schools.

Local funding for the construction will equal about $69 million, which the school system has not collected.

The county could also receive $36 million in state funding due to student growth.