“I’m very appreciative of my colleagues,” McGinnis said referring to their organization and preparation prior to the student’s first day.
Enrollment numbers were up this year, according to figures from Beth Sumner, assistant superintendent.
She said that enrollment numbers said that there were 2,037 students in the school system, which is up from last year by 57 students on the first day of school.
However the increase in students has prompted the school to hire at least two new teachers on 100-day contracts to help with the increase in students and classes.
“The shortage (of teachers) is not unique to Trigg County,” McGinnis said.
The high school has introduced two new advanced placement classes, which are biology and history. They have hired some teachers to fill those positions however, former Trigg County teacher Debbie Roberts and Christian County teacher Russell Weatherwax have been hired on for 100-day stints at the high school and middle school respectively.
“As of right now we have no other open positions other than at Adult Education,” Sumner said, who added that the school is always looking for substitute teachers.
As far as the teachers that have been hired in recent years, McGinnis said that he has been “very impressed” with work ethics and performance by the newest additions to the school system.