- December 26, 2021
After a state decision giving the parents of Campbell Middle School students the option to send their kids to another, higher-performing school, Ormond Beach middle schools have found themselves a little more crowded this year.
Hinson Middle School took on 147 students, while Ormond Beach Middle School took on 160. While both principals say the addition has come with some definite adjustments, both are also reporting smooth sailing.
"The only strain I'm seeing is in the common areas, such as bus loop and parent pickup," said Ormond Beach Middle School Principal Matt Krajewski. "They are a little more congested, but the school was built to be over capacity."
OBMS is currently at 85% capacity. Last year, they finished with 1,040 students, and this year they are starting with 1,069. But even with the increase, Krajewski said they still have the space in classrooms and will not be needing portables on campus.
David C. Hinson Sr. Middle School started off just under capacity at 930 students. An at-capacity level is considered to be 1,065. They are now at 1,077 students, and Principal Robert Ouellette said they will be hiring more staff to take on the additional students.
"We're in the process of hiring some more people, such as a P.E. teacher," Ouellette said. "We actually received a teacher from Campbell too, along with the new students."
Despite the need for a few more teachers, Ouellette said the school year is off to a great start.
"The beginning of the year is always a flexible time," he said. "But we're not doubled up on any classrooms. Math class isn't being held in the media center or anything like that. Sometimes the unknown is more of an issue than the known. Once you get into it, things start to run really smooth. It's been a great first week of school."