Cherokee County Schools are inviting residents to help find solutions to overcrowding at Cherokee High School in Canton. Four public meetings have been scheduled for October. AJC FILE

Cherokee County seeks solutions to high school crowding

Cherokee County school system officials are asking residents to help it find solutions to overcrowding at Cherokee High School in Canton.

“We want to hear from everyone who has an opinion or concern about the possible solutions,” Superintendent Brian V. Hightower saidat a recent school board meeting.

Public meetings are set for 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9, at the Canton Elementary School STEM Academy, and the same hours Oct. 10 at Knox Elementary School; Oct. 11 at R.M. Moore Elementary School and Oct. 12 at Cherokee High School.

Officials said that while Cherokee High isn’t “critically overcrowded,” it has 14 mobile units with 28 classrooms, 22 floating teachers, and 700 students crowding the cafeteria each lunch period, and only 196 are able to park on campus (the senior class alone has 458 students).

New construction isn’t an option; the district will not have the borrowing capacity in the next five years to build a $70 million high school, Hightower said. Possible solutions being discussed by parents all would require “a shift of students or programs,” the district said.

The school board may vote on a plan in December.

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