There are some eye-opening numbers coming out of Murfreesboro these days and they have school officials scrambling to literally keep up with students.
The Murfreesboro City District which encompasses Pre-K through sixth grade was budgeted for 7,600 students, but as of this week 7,926 students have enrolled.
“We have had to quickly hire about 22 teachers since the start of the year,” said Murfreesboro school spokesperson Lisa Trail.
Nowhere is the overflow of unexpected more noticeable than John Pittard Elementary in the Oakland area of Murfreesboro.
It has about 150 kids more than what was expected.
Principal Roseann Barton told News 2 she had to hire two new teachers when the school year started August 6, and five more in the three weeks since.
She said most of the new kids are from other districts or out of state.
Most school officials cite Rutherford County’s job growth and the classroom quality for attracting so many unanticipated families.