Springboro schools to deal with overcrowding

Springboro High School. (WDTN Photo)

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – The Springboro Community Schools are dealing with an overcrowding issue.

So much so, that the school board is discussing what to do about it.

School administrators are expected to discuss an action plan at Thursday night’s board meeting.

One option is moving first graders into Clearcreek Elementary beginning in August.

“The teachers feel its hard to do group work and things like that which is why people move here for the level of education and we have to be able to provide that” explained Todd Petrey, Springboro city schools superintendent.

The option to move all first graders to Clearkcreek is one Petrey thinks is the best. The plan would save the district more than $200, 000.

Not only that but he says it would give the district more time to deal with growth in the city.

“It’s time to do whats right for kids and use the available space we have throughout the district” said Petrey.

The other option- redistricting. Moving kids from one school to the other depending on where they live.
A temporary fix that Petrey says will cost the district more money in the long run.

“What people aren’t thinking about is if our high school overcrowds, we’re going to have to address that. Now, that the first graders are at Clearcreek that frees up more space throughout the district to address that overcrowding issue at no cost” said Petrey.

The board is also requesting that the business manager start collecting quotes on how to secure additional space at the elementary.

Administrators say classes in general are growing, but the challenge is at the elementary level.

The Board of Education meets Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the issue. The meeting is held at Springboro Junior High School at 1605 South Main Street.

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