"In some of the schools, space can become an issue," Chief Academic Officer Michael Freeman said at Monday's Board of Education meeting. He added that class sizes at Anson High School were the greatest concern.
While the schools are having to find ways to creatively do more with less, the system is hiring.
"We have several vacancies," Freeman said. Among these are a child nutritional assistant and several positions for personnel to work with children who have special needs.
In his monthly discipline report, executive director for student and administrative services Michael McLeod dropped a surprising tidbit of information.
"To be quite candid with you, most of the fights are girls," he said.
While the schools have seen an overall drop in discipline problems with the institution of the "Make Your Day" program, there are still some problems.
McLeod clarified the labels used for student offenses for the board.
"Disruptive" students' behavior interferes with teaching. "Insubordination" is the refusal by a student to comply with teachers and administrators.
He described "aggressive behavior" as "getting in each other's face."
Finally, those students accused of "disorderly conduct" were arrested.
Deputy Superintendent Frances Williamson told the school board about a new effort to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables.
The Parent-Teacher Association will sponsor posters in schools encouraging children to add these staples to their diet.
"Students may participate but it will be under the strict guidance of the art teacher," Superintendent Greg Firn said. The teachers will work with students to create the posters.
The initiative could help fight what former Health Department Director Dr. Francis Kateh described as one of the top two health problems facing Anson: obesity.
One of the worst complications of obesity, diabetes, has been on the rise in the county.
According to a report Kateh presented to the County Commission in March 2009, from 2002 to 2006 47.4 out of 10,000 deaths were the result of diabetes, adjusting for age. The state rate was only 27.1.