Moorhead classrooms filling up with more studentsMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Space is tightening at Moorhead Schools and the district doesn't see that slowing down.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Space is tightening at Moorhead Schools and the district doesn't see that slowing down.
Tonight, the district is looking at adding on to a few schools, even building a new one.
All elementary schools in Moorhead are at capacity and they aren't sure they'll even have enough room for all of next year's students.
They're looking at roughly 10-million dollars in school expansions and the possibility of a new school building.
Here at Robert Asp elementary, just making room for Phy. Ed is a challenge.
With nearly 900 students and only one gym, they need to improvise.
After meals, the cafeteria becomes a second gym.
Chris Triggs/Robert Asp Principal: "Pick up the breakfast tables in the morning, have gym in the morning, then we put them back down for lunch."
And it's a similar story for schools across the district.
Enrollment is growing by about 150 kids each year.
Wayne Kazmierczak/Assistant Superintendent: "It's been slow and steady, but now we're hitting a period where we're anticipating that our growth may actually pick up."
To fix some of the short-term problems, the school board is looking at roughly 10-million dollars' worth of additions over the next few years.
That includes a new gym for Robert Asp as well as S.G. Reinertsen.
And more kindergarten classrooms at the Probstfield Center.
Finally, the district is exploring building a brand new grade 5-6 building on the existing Horizon Middle School site.
Robert Asp Principal Chris Triggs says the improvements would take the pressure off.
Triggs: "Gym classes could be in a proper facility and not have so many staff have to pick up and set up. It makes a big difference."
The school board meets at seven to discuss these project, we'll let you know what they decide tonight at ten.