School growth from BRAC virtually non-existent

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

HAMILTON, GA (WTVM) - Students filled the hallways in Harris County on Thursday.  It was the first day of school.

Superintendent Craig Dowling said the numbers they were expecting for Base Realignment and Closure are not showing up.

Preparations for BRAC has been years in the making.  Three years ago, Creekside school was opened for 5th and 6th graders. "We made room in our Middle School by opening Creekside and in our Elementary Schools," explained Dowling.

The system prepared for almost 300 extra students. As of the first day of school, only 35 students "possibly from BRAC" had enrolled.

"It did not happen like we thought it was going to," said Dowling.

Dowling says the housing market in the county could be to blame. "In Harris County, we do not have a lot of rental property. People moving in are trying to sell houses where they are leaving and right now it is not a good time to be buying a home. Especially not good if you have a home you can not or have not sold or if you are planning to be in a place for a few years. You think to rent instead of buy, " remarked Dowling.

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