Chesterfield school leaders to discuss overcrowding

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - There could be some changes coming for students in Chesterfield.

The school board plans to discuss overcrowding at a meeting Tuesday night, and there are options already on the table.

A copy of the Chesterfield County Public Schools capacity relief options reveals that Cosby High School has nearly 500 more students than it should.

The school isn't even 10 years old yet. It's in the western part of the county, An area where a lot of people have been moving to.

The growth has led to Cosby being overcrowded.

One option county leaders are looking into is splitting students from Cosby to Manchester, Midlothian or Monacan high schools.

Parents aren't happy about that idea because Cosby is a high-performance school, where the others aren't ranked as high.

The school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. inside the public meeting room at the government complex off of Iron Bridge Road.

Cosby isn't the only Chesterfield school with this issue. The new Clover Hill is also overcrowded.

The old building may become a second campus for the county's Career and Technical Education Program — the program's current space is maxed out.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Superintendent Marcus Newsome wants to add five new programs. He'll present the idea at the meeting.

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