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Commission approves new elementary school in Chesterfield

Source: Chesterfield County Public Schools Source: Chesterfield County Public Schools
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield County's planning commission just approved plans to build a new elementary school in Midlothian.

The school board wants to buy property off Old Hundred Road near the Otterdale Road intersection, which is just northwest of the Woodlake area.

Student overcrowding has been a topic of conversation in Chesterfield schools for years, with J.B. Watkins Elementary School listed as one of the most overcrowded.

The planning commission approved plans to build a new elementary school Tuesday night with the goal of solving that overcrowding problem. 

Chesterfield County Public Schools said during 2015, 17 of the county's more than 60 schools were over capacity.

The new superintendent is pushing for the approved new elementary school to have capacity to hold 900 students versus previous plans of 650. That has been a point of contention for many parents who feel that will create a larger student to teacher ratio. The school board says it just means the school will use more teachers to keep the ratios in check. 

The school board also says the alternative of not having a bigger school could mean a smaller school and a redistricting process that could keep more parents and neighborhoods divided. 

While the planning commission gave the thumbs up to this development Tuesday night, it still needs final approval by the board of supervisors.

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