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Wilson Schools Look At Creative Ways To Find Classroom Space

Posted October 30, 2003

— Triangle school systems are not the only ones bursting at the seams. Some schools in Wilson are getting creative to find classroom space.

Students at New Hope Elementary School are a little closer this year. The school is 135 students over capacity and two classes are being held in what used to be a storage closet.

"It's very important to all of us to meet every child's needs and sometimes, you may feel spread a little thin, but none of us are willing to give that up," said Debora Ray, principal of New Hope Elementary School.

With some creative use of space, the number of students per class is just right for now, but it is one of seven schools in the county running out of space and still growing.

The school board is looking at several ways to fix the problem. One is to redraw district lines to move some students to less crowded schools, but that solution can cause an another problem -- some parents' unhappiness.

"It does concern me because he doesn't want to move, but we'll deal with what comes when it comes," said Cindy Horton, whose son is a fourth-grader at New Hope Elementary.

"People really get upset when you say redistrict. However, we do have to make some changes," said Catherine Taylor, chairman of the school board.

The school board will also look at expanding schools, but members do not want to add more mobile classrooms. School board members said the quick growth of several neighborhoods caused overcrowding.

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