Fayette Schools Looking At Options To Relieve Overcrowding

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Updated: 8/13/2013 12:35 am
Superintended Dr. Tom Shelton says right now four of the five high schools in the Fayette County School District are over their capacity.

Shelton says that almost all of the 35 elementary schools are either at their capacity or close to it.

School officials are talking about plans to build up to five new schools, including a new high school.

Sr. Shelton attributes the surge in students to the large general population growth in the area the last half decade.

According to the district, enrollment has jumped by more than five-thousand students in the last six to seven years.

Dr. Shelton says he's also preparing to recommend to the school board a comprehensive redistricting plan, which could take effect  as soon as the 2014-2015 school year if approved.

The district is already in the preliminary planning stages of building one new elementary school.

That school is expected to be built along Deer Haven Lane, east of the I-75.

That new high school is rumored to be built between Richomond and Winchester Roads, and would hold about 18-hundred students.

Dr. Shelton says he hopes to present a more definitive plan on that new high school to the school board later this Fall.
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