Arlington ISD approves plan for new schools to ease overcrowding

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 11:46 PM

ARLINGTON - Arlington ISD's Board of Trustees tackled its overcrowding issue Thursday night by approving a plan to build new schools.

The plan calls for building two additional elementary schools and expanding three existing campuses. The cost of the project is more than $58 million.

Funding for the plan still has to be worked out, but the board is looking at using bond money and general funds to pay for the project. A decision on funding is expected at a later date.

"We have looked at all the other alternative solutions, and this is the one that will actually relieve overcrowding in east Arlington for ten years," said district spokesperson Amy Casas.

Fifteen out of 19 elementary schools in the district are at capacity.

Some parents told News 8 the problem isn't affecting education, but they are concerned it will eventually creep into the classroom.

"If it's overcrowded with too many students, one child might not be able to speak up about what they are going through with their lessons," said Jessica Manning.

The limit at the new two schools will be 900 students. One will be built on the Workman Junior High School Campus. The other will be east of Highway 360.

The three expansions will help 200 students each. Locations for the additions have yet to released.

Manning supports the board's decision.

"We don't want it to become a major problem," Manning said. "I'm glad they are trying to focus on it now, instead of five or ten years down the line."

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