Military presence spikes Okaloosa student populations (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:11 PM.

"Were also looking at adding some additional technical and career courses for next year," including construction technology and cosmetology, Jones said.

Baker School

Baker School, a K-12 institution, has received steady growth in elementary grade levels, with 635 kindergartners through fifth-graders, according to administrators.  

"I think the 7th Special Forces coming has had an impact," principal Thomas Shipp said. "We had some subdivisions built locally that have attracted them."

Finding room for the growth has causes concern.

"Right now, we have seven classes in portables and we don't have any regular classroom space available," Shipp said. "So if we have another 2 percent growth for next year, we are going to have to do some figuring."

An option is converting one of four computer labs into a classroom.

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