Austin schools look at overcrowding issue

Published 9:33 am Tuesday, November 30, 2010

To head off the headaches that come with a growing student population, Austin Public Schools will be looking at overcrowding solutions over the next several months.

The school board unanimously approved a motion to have the district’s facilities committee come up with overcrowding solutions after a facility usage report was given Monday.

The report shows student enrollment is rising higher than demographic estimate ranges put together last year predict. What the data ultimately shows is the district could be between 300 to 400 students over capacity, according to district Superintendent David Krenz.

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While Austin High School currently has enough space in the facility to deal with an increase in students, all other district buildings will have a tough time getting all of the students to fit in reasonable class sizes in coming years, which will present problems down the line.