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Published November 12, 2013, 07:35 PM

Moorhead classrooms filling up with more students

Moorhead, 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.

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