Currently, the projected enrollment count at Powdersville High School stands at 252, with 167 eighth graders at Powdersville Middle, and 85 Wren High School ninth graders who are willing to switch to Powdersville High.
“We’re fine if we don’t get any more (students),” future Powdersville High Principal Chris Ferguson said. “The teachers who have been allocated to the school are based on 250, but if we get up to 270 that would be just fine. I think that would be the max if we got 20 or so more kids. But 270 would be wonderful.”
“The students who have already made up their mind, they’re locked in because if start allowing people to move and change their minds, then we could wind up with some significant differences in teacher allocation,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson is currently working as an assistant principal at Powdersville Middle, and he previously worked as an assistant principal at Wren High School.
Powdersville High School will only have underclassmen in its opening year, but its enrollment will grow quickly as former Powdersville Middle students transfer there.
Officials project the school to reach its capacity of about 1,000 students in three years, making it a 2A school.
Most of the faculty for the new high school have already been hired or allocated already, according to Ferguson.
Faculty hired for Powdersville High:
Carol Adams, Music
Phillip Bramblett, Administrative Assistant/English
Susan Callaham, Attendance Clerk
Jen Chesney, Media Specialist
Tracy Epps, Science
Maureen Kelly, Science
Michele Kesler, Science
Diane Laiewski, Social Studies
Hayden May, Math
Sean McNinney, English
Robert Mustar, Athletic Director/Physical Education
Jessica Payne, Math
Leslie Phillips, Band
Clayton Porter, Spanish
Sharon Riddle, Business
Natalie Rosenberg, English
Anya Stewart, Guidance Counselor
Matthew Tolbert, Art
Joey Tollison, Social Studies