Parents says local school is overcrowded

Parents says local school is overcrowded

A local school is overcrowded, but the plan to expand is on hold until a federal investigation ends.
A local school is overcrowded, but the plan to expand is on hold until a federal investigation ends.

The Department of Justice must approve the expansion. They claim the jump in enrollment is caused by "zone hopping.” That means students, are attending schools in North Desoto, but they’re zoned to attend campuses outside of Stonewall.

Principal Brandon Burback says the pre-k through 2nd grade building has gone from 500 students to 675.
Also the 3rd -5th grade campus is dealing with the addition of 70 students all within a six year period.

Even the school lunch period is bursting at the seams. The first lunch period starts at 10am and the final lunch period ends around 1pm.

Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley says the district has done 50 residency checks to ensure students are attending the correct schools.

The Justice Department has been investigating the matter. They agree the district needs to expand the campuses. They requested six months to complete the investigation, however they were granted one month.

The school system is under a 50 year desegregation court order. In order to build on campuses they must receive approval from the Justice Department.

Future plans include building a two story wing to hold 16 classrooms and to expand the cafeteria.

Another hearing will be held October 15th to discuss this matter.




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