(Atlantic) The Atlantic School board is taking a pro-active look at addressing the increasing enrollment problem that has Washington Elementary busting at the seams. The board held a work session Tuesday night and discussed an engineer’s plan to add 12-additional classrooms at Schuler Elementary at a high end cost of around $3.5 million.
“That’s a big chunk of money for the district to take a look at and try to do that,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein. “I think eventually the plan would be, to take some pressure off of Washington, to look at moving the third grade class over to Schuler and make that a 3-5 building with the possibility of Washington becoming a preK – 2 building.”
Dr. Amstein says it makes more sense to add on to Schuler rather that Washington Elementary.
“It does have some advantages certainly, there’s not really very good spaces to build onto Washington and then the traffic problems in the morning and afternoon that also need to be considered,” said Amstein.
Dr. Amstein says it has been a long time since Atlantic has had a Kindergarten class that size and the numbers should begin to stabilize to around 150 to 155 students per class in the next few years. When that happens Amstein says there is no additional space at Washington so the board is taking a pro-active look at how that problem can be addressed not only in the short term, but also in the long term.
April 25, 2012