CUMMING, Ga. — Due to an increase in student growth, Forsyth County Schools hired an additional 80 teachers for the 2013-14 school year.
"We hire based on our projected number of students for our fourth month of school," said Jennifer Caracciolo, Forsyth County School's spokeswoman.
She said enrollment increased by about 1,700 students from last year.
"South Forsyth High School has the largest number of new teachers due to their enrollment numbers," she said.
This year the school's freshman class alone exceeds 700 students.
"We budgeted to fill 80 new positions to accommodate enrollment growth throughout the system, but with teachers retiring or moving on, we hired a total of 280 new teachers for the start of this school year," Caracciolo said.
Forsyth County Schools budgeted $5,814,080 for the 80 new positions.
Of the additional 200 teachers hired for this school year, several were Forsyth County Schools paraprofessionals, substitute teachers and teachers who had previously left the school system.
The new teachers attended a two-day orientation on July 30 and July 31.
Teacher of the year Nick Crowder, South Forsyth High School's career/tech department chair spoke to the new teachers on the first day of orientation.
"Getting to know your students personally and showing them you care enough to truly care about them is beneficial to both teachers and students," Crowder said.
Several teachers said Crowder's speech motivated and excited them about the coming year.
New South Forsyth High School teachers and football coaches Trevor Williams, Jake Moorer and Chip Martin are looking forward to their first year at the school.
"It's going to be a great year," Williams said.
Tonya Hawks, fifth grader teacher at Cumming Elementary School agreed.
“I'm excited to meet my students," she said.
Forsyth County students returned to school on Thursday, Aug. 8.
For more information or to register a student, visit www.forsyth.k12.ga.us.