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Solutions Still Sought For Crowded Schools

Fri., Feb. 2, 1996

A 35-member parent and school staff committee is seeking more public input on temporary solutions to overcrowded elementary schools.

The group wants to know what solutions parents and patrons prefer, and what neighborhoods define neighborhood schools.

In its three meetings so far, the committee has narrowed its discussion to using more portables at the elementary schools, converting art and music rooms to classrooms, opening a kindergarten center, and starting an “extended year” schedule at two or three schools.

The extended-year option would use air-conditioned schools 11 months of the year on an overlapping schedule. That would increase the capacity of those schools by 20 percent, but would cost an estimated $150,000 per school to implement, said Mike Bullard, a co-chairman of the committee.

Most likely, the district will have to use a combination of solutions until another elementary school can be built, Bullard said.

The school district’s tentative plans are to hold a levy election for building a middle school. A new elementary school is a lower priority.

The elementary overcrowding committee is hoping to make a recommendation for a temporary solution to the School Board in March.

, DataTimes

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