School District hosts Freeport Community Meeting to discuss rapid growth

Story and photos by JENNA BAILEY

The Walton County School District (WCSD) held a community meeting at Freeport High School at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. Attendees at the event included members of the Freeport community, employees of the WCSD, and other individuals with concerns and interest for the school district. Speakers at the meeting included WCSD Superintendent Russell Hughes, Director of Facilities Jill Smith, and Facilities Planner Michelle Doggett. Those in attendance had the opportunity to offer comments, voice opinions, and ask questions. 

A CITIZEN speaking at the Walton County School District community meeting at Freeport High School on the evening of October 10.
AN ATTENDEE commends the Walton County School District for the quality of their education and “family atmosphere.”

Topics addressed at the meeting were the rapid growth within the district; construction and expansion; future goals and outcomes; and time lines. While speaking on capacity percentages Smith stated, “So we know that very quickly we are running out of space at Freeport Elementary. We know we have to do something.” In time of citizen comment an attendee asked if the district was taking any legislative action regarding the school capacity and traffic pattern issues that the Freeport community is facing. In response, Hughes stated legislative action is currently being pursued by the school district. “I’m going to do everything I can to expedite this in any way we can to get what we need fast because it is a reality,” said Hughes.

JILL SMITH, Walton County School District Dir. of Facilities, speaking on capacity and construction project options for Freeport school construction.