Rusk School, built to replace an existing school of the same name, has a capacity of 1,600 students, 400 more than the old campus. It takes in grades 6 -8, with sixth-grade classes moving from four feeder elementary schools, giving them relief. Also, space in the old Rusk will provide additional capacity for Sequoyah High.
The district last week reported 41,769 students enrolled on its 20th day of school, 600 more than last year’s enrollment at this time and exceeding the district’s projected peak enrollment by 42 students. Cherokee schools have grown by more than 4,500 students since the 2008-09 school year.