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Durham Board to Discuss Overcrowding at Creekside School

Posted February 7, 2008 7:46 a.m. EST
Updated February 7, 2008 10:57 a.m. EST

— Overcrowding – it’s a familiar problem in Wake County, and now a 4-year-old Durham school is dealing with the issue.

Officials scheduled a public meeting Thursday night to discuss ways to deal with crowded classrooms at Creekside Elementary School.

Built four years ago, Creekside's role was help relieve overcrowding at three other schools. Now, the school faces the same problem it was supposed to alleviate.

About 1,000 students are expected to attend Creekside in the fall. It was built for 600 students. The boom is partially due to families who moved into the growing residential developments near The Streets at Southpoint mall.

To relieve overcrowding at Creekside, school board members discussed reassignment as a possibility. When parents strongly opposed it, school leaders came up with other solutions.

Board members said they could install eight more trailers or redraw Creekside's attendance zone.

They scheduled the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the school to discuss what they should do.