Welcome to Effingham County!
The Effingham County School District is pleased to stand alongside each of you and your families as we usher in another new and exciting year for our students. Our resilience and resourcefulness were undeniably tested this past Spring due to the abrupt ending of the 2019-2020 school year. However, despite the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 national health pandemic, our students and teachers persevered! Administrators, teachers, and staff members came together to create rich virtual learning experiences, and our students and families successfully adapted to the modified delivery of classroom information.
Special thanks and recognition are due to the Class of 2020 for graciously navigating a truly non-traditional ending to their high school careers. This year’s graduation ceremonies and prom experiences are certainly unlike any that have preceded them, and we are grateful for the patience and flexibility shown by our seniors and their families. We are also deeply indebted to the staff members whose creativity and hard work made it possible for our seniors to be celebrated through unique and memorable end-of-year events.
While this past school year will go down in history as the first, and hopefully last of its kind, Effingham County must look forward to the continued growth and opportunities within our school system. We currently serve approximately 13,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, and the numbers are expected to continue increasing annually by about 250 students. Our elementary and middle school students receive strong educational foundations that prepare them for high school programs such as Honors and Advanced Placement courses, participation with the STEM Academy, and opportunities for involvement in one of our many career pathways at ECCA. Our students are learning college credit while still in high school, earning certifications towards employment across a number of professions, gaining invaluable on-the-job experience through Work-Based Learning and internship programs, and participating with real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and math.
Given the growth rate of our student population, it is evident that our school system must plan for future expenses to continue serving all students at an exceptional level. This summer, the citizens of Effingham County voiced their agreement by voting to accept the bond referendum to fund future projects throughout the school district using ESPLOST funds. The Effingham County School District thanks you for your unwavering support and confidence! Your vote will serve to ensure that South Effingham Elementary will receive much needed additions to their facility; all elementary schools will have new electronic access control systems installed along with camera surveillance systems; a new elementary and middle school will be built within the next five years; and work can be completed to address traffic congestion for pick up and drop off of students at various school sites.
None of this would be possible without your acceptance of the bond referendum! In return, the school district assures you that we will utilize these funds responsibly to meet the needs of our students.
The Effingham County School District is honored to be a part of your family, and we are grateful for the privilege to work alongside you as we strive to give our students the best possible educational experiences. We do not take your trust and support for granted, and we will continue to work to maintain it for years to come.