Overcrowding in the North Boone School District

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

More and more home builders are staking ground in the North Boone School District. 5,100 homes are expected to be built within the next ten years, and with more homes comes more students, which is leaving the North Boone School District in quite a pickle.
Overcrowding at Poplar Grove Elementary School has forced several teachers to get creative on where they teach their students. Some are using the cafeteria, gymnasium and even the school stage. And now teachers say they want their own classrooms.

A few dozen teachers and parents met with North Boone Superintendent Michael Houselog tonight. The superintendent says currently just over 1,700 students attend North Boone Schools, but in 10 years that number may reach 7,000 students. He says a $10 million referendum will help the district pay for additions to several of the schools.

About the only way to create more classroom space is to either eliminate programs that have been successful for us or we have to raise class size.

The referendum will help add 44 classrooms to the district along with extras like a new gym at North Boone High School. If the referendum fails, students at North Boone High School may need to attend class in split shifts day kindergarten classes would be eliminated and classroom size would continue to grow.

The North Boone School District will ask voters to approve the district applying for a ten million dollar bond during the November election. If approved, construction could begin as early as next school year.


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