Forsyth County is state's fastest-growing county

Forsyth County the fastest growing county in Georgia

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County is the fastest-growing county in the state, and those who live and work there are going through some growing pains.

“We’ve seen at least 10 percent growth here just at this school each of the last three years,” Forsyth Central High School Principal Mitch Young said.

Forsyth Central, the oldest high school in the district, is undergoing an addition and renovation thanks to a 2014 bond.

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In the fall, a new middle and elementary school will also open.

Robert and Beth Becker have lived in Cumming for 12 years. Their three children go to Kelly Mill Elementary School.

“We are supposed to have around 800 kids and we are at or close to 1,000 now,” Beth Becker said.

Parents say the area is swiftly changing with new homes and new families.

“There’s a lot of new subdivisions on Kelly Mill and I don’t know what will happen as families start to move in there,” Beth Becker said.

School officials say redistricting is one way to handle the growth.

“We do the redistricting in sections of the county where we do have the high growth and where we’re opening up the new school,” said Forsyth County Schools Communications Director Jennifer Caracciolo.

Young says the growth helps the school system attract the best teachers.

“The reputation that the county has built through this time period of growth and all the success we’ve had on the whole as a county really opens us up to be a hotbed for teacher recruitment,” he said.

A recent job fair brought around 1,000 job seekers from across the Southeast.

Forsyth Central hired seven people for 11 open positions.