Pittman Center school ‘growing like crazy’

Principal says first day on the job was smooth
Aug. 17, 2013 @ 11:54 PM

Things for first-year Pittman Center Elementary Principal Wendy Patterson couldn’t have gone much smoother on the first day of school Friday.

After all, she’d been planning for the day for some time.

“I came up here in March to finish out an interim for Ms. (Susan) Carr. She went to central office, and I finished out the year,” Patterson said. “I fell in love with it.”

Since she knew she’d be at the school in the fall, she immediately began planning for a smooth beginning to the 2013 school year.

“Anybody that would call this summer, I would tell them, ‘You’ve got to come (enroll) prior to school starting,’ because I knew it would be so chaotic,” Patterson said.

The strategy worked. Only one new student showed up on the first day of school.

“That’s never happened,” she said. “Things were very smooth, they really were.”

Despite having only one new student on school’s first day, the population of Pittman Center is steadily growing. In fact, it’s up roughly 10 percent from last year.

“We’re just growing like crazy,” Patterson said. 

While in some ways that’s a good thing, in others, it’s tough.

“We’re already out of space,” the principal said. “The building is gorgeous, but usually Pittman Center isn’t hit with this much growth, I’m assuming, but build a beautiful building and they come. And they have.”

Beyond the new building, which opened in 2009, Patterson said there are lots of reasons for students to be excited about attending Pittman Center, not the least of which are the community pride and wonderful staff.

“It’s a great staff,” she said. “They kind of go above and beyond, and I kind of think that’s why people drive the extra miles. We’ve got people that come here from all over the place.

“A lot of people that move into the area, now they come and look at Pittman Center.”