New Barren County Schools

Barren County Schools are seeing more students. This school year, the district had 264 students more than it did last year. That means some of the schools are over capacity.

Now a seventh elementary school is in the works.

"We're experiencing extreme capacity with enrollment at most of our elementary schools," superintendent, Dr. Jerry Ralston said.

The district has been designated as a growth district by the state. With the high number of students comes growth in other areas as well.

"It's wonderful to see additional students. When you see additional students you see additional funding, more facilities, more programs, more services to address the needs of our students," Dr. Ralston said.

When the younger students get older Dr. Ralston said he's already thinking about where they'll go to middle and high school.

"The local planning committee put as a second priority on the facility plan the construction of a second middle school," Dr. Ralston said.

With the talk of a new middle school, a new high school may not be that far behind.

"We believe that our vision holds a second high school on down the line," Dr. Ralston said.

To help ease the current overcrowding, The Trojan Academy, a school for nineth graders is in the process of being built.

Currently the school board is looking at a few sites for the seventh elementary school.

Superintendent Ralston said he's hoping it will be open in August of 2009.

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