ARLINGTON – Arlington Indepedent School District's Board of Trustees plan to take action Thursday to help relieve overcrowding in East Arlington classrooms.
There are currently 19 elementary schools in East Arlington. Last year, 15 were over capacity –– including Johns Elementary by more than 50 percent. Atherton is exceeding capacity by 37 percent and enrollment at Crouch is 28 percent more than it should be.
The short term fix so far has been to build temporary buildings on at least 11 campuses, but trustees have made it clear they want to eliminate those. They believe the way to do it is by building two new elementary schools and expand three existing campuses.
If approved, the two new schools would hold 900 students each. One would be built on the Workman Junior High School campus and the other on a site east of Texas Highway 360.
Trustees are expected to present a possible timeline for the new construction and discuss other proposals including the potential for a sixth grade-only center or by moving sixth-graders to the junior high level at Carter, Workman and Guy C. Hutcheson junior highs.
There's also the potential for widespread boundary changes throughout the district, which feeds into Sam Houston High School.
Concerned parents will be allowed to speak five minutes each at Thursday meeting. However, open forum sign up cards must be completed before the meeting at 7 p.m. inside the administration building at 1203 West Pioneer Parkway in Arlington.