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Schools forced to expand to accommodate student increase

(WMC-TV) - The Mid-South's fastest growing county continues to grow in more ways than one.

Leaders at DeSoto County Schools are monitoring the number of young families moving into the area so the campus can expand to accommodate new students.

That is exactly what is happening at two elementary schools in Hernando.

"DeSoto County schools grew by 458 students this school year," said DeSoto County Schools Associate Superintendent Thomas Spencer.

A lot of that growth is happening in Hernando. There has been a housing boom in the county seat and now the school board is making sure schools are ready.

Hernando Hills Elementary School is just one of the schools expanding. The building will extend out to add four classrooms for the next school year.

"The board approved this week for an addition to be added to Hernando Hills school, in addition to the board approved about a month ago for an addition to be added to Hernando Elementary and Southaven Elementary," said Spencer.

There are more than 32,000 students attending DeSoto County Schools.

Sixteen new campuses have popped up since 2003 to prepare for growth, and the district believes it is in good shape for at least five years. But predicting what will happen is easier said than done.

"It's always been an increase over the last few years in the kindergarten numbers, of course, we're going to have a place to put all these babies, so that's why we have to start in our elementary and primary schools and look at our needs there first and we branch out to the middle and high schools," explained Spencer.

Parents will be able to register new kindergarten and first graders April 2 at the school they will be attending.  Click here to learn more about registration.

Kindergarten registration will be also be allowed at the central office after that date.

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