Overcrowding still an issue at Chesterfield schools

By Gene Petriello- bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield County is one of the hot spots in our area, and it shows as more and more people move there.

The growth is so dramatic in some parts of the county that two of the county's newest schools are already overcrowded.

Now changes could be coming. And it will be discussed at a meeting later today.

Currently, Watkins Elementary and Cosby and Clover Hill High Schools in western Chesterfield, are two of the most overcrowded schools in the county.

Chesterfield already has a plan for Watkins Elementary.  During a 2004 bond referendum it was decided that the school system would fund the construction of additional classrooms.

One board member has a solution, turning the old Clover Hill High into a ninth grade academy. That would be similar to the change made at Chester Middle School, which is now a ninth grade school.

But other options are possible as well.

The Times-Dispatch says school administrators are looking at moving some of the students into Manchester, Midlothian and Monacan high. Those schools are under capacity.

Right now, Cosby has about 250 more students than its capacity, while Clover Hill is over by about 200 students.

Those schools are located in a part of the county that is growing in population. Some options would be to distribute some students to Manchester, Midlothian or Monacan High School.

This all will be discussed during a work session before tonight's school board meeting.

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