When you drive into Gwinnett County off I-85 you see two water towers declaring, “Gwinnett is Great” and “Success Lives Here.” But a story from Sunday questions whether those statements are still true.
The article looked at the large enrollment gains in Gwinnett – the state’s largest school district – and concerns from many that the district is too big and will be unable to maintain above average academics.
I found it interesting that Gwinnett officials predict the system will grow by about 1,700 students next year.
It seems Gwinnett’s great growth is finally slowing down. When I first came to the paper the district was growing by about 7,000 a year and when I covered the system the average increase was between 4,000 to 7,000 kids a year.
The story asks whether a district can be too big for its own good. Would you prefer a big or small system? Why?