ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Enrollment in Anne Arundel County schools has skyrocketed over the past decade and when the bell rings for the first time on Monday, more students than ever will be hitting the books.

Nearly 81,000 students will be headed off to class in the county next week — a record, but one they projected 10 years ago. Enrollment has grown by more than a 1,000 students every year for the past decade. Anne Arundel County spokesperson Bob Mozier says it’s not unexpected.

“We’ve done classroom additions to schools,” Mozier says. “We’ve had to reluctantly add portables to some schools, we’ve renovated and expanded schools.”

He says it’s not always possible to limit classrooms to 25 students but says 500 new teachers have been hired this year, and with a little less than a week to go there are still some vacancies.

“We have a good core of substitute teachers lined up to go in places where we don’t have permanent teachers,” Mozier says.

The following six county schools will be delaying their first day until Tuesday due to planned construction:

– Crofton Elementary School
– Lothian Elementary School
– Mills-Parole Elementary School
– Magothy River Middle School
– Southern Middle School
– Mary Moss at J. Albert Adams Academy

In addition to the above schools, Central Special School, Marley Glen Special School and Ruth Parker Eason Special School will open for students on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Parent conferences at those three schools will take place on Monday, Aug. 24.

Staggered start schedules at these schools will be moved by one day to accommodate the late opening.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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