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Cherokee schools eliminate 'critical overcrowding'
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Cherokee schools eliminate 'critical overcrowding'

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- For the first time in 15 years, none of Cherokee County's public schools are "critically overcrowded."

The school district announced this milestone in a memo released Tuesday afternoon.

"This achievement is a reflection of the school district's long-standing successful policies governing student enrollment growth forecasts and planning school construction projects to accommodate growth and is a tribute to the leadership and foresight of the school board," superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo said in the memo.

A critically overcrowded school is one that exceeds 140 percent of its enrollment capacity. Such schools also use portable classrooms and meet other, similar criteria.

Cherokee County began battling critical overcrowding with SPLOST dollars in 2001. It continues to use the money for much-needed construction projects throughout the district, according to the memo.

Read the superintendent's entire message at cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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