BOE Addresses Barbour Co. Kindergarten Overflow
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 7:44PM
Created on August 15, 2014 @ 6:11PM
It's the first week of school for students in Barbour County, but some kindergartners are still unsure where they are going to end up for the rest of the school year.
The county is experiencing an overflow in the number of students. A school drawing was held on Friday to decide just where to place all of these kids.
The Board of Education is requesting a waiver that will put a stop to the shuffling of students between schools. But here's the thing, some of these students could be sent to schools that are not even in their own district.
But before any students get moved, the BOE is trying to solve the problem through this waiver. If passed, it would allow more kids to stay put. But if not, some of them will be moved around between the multiple elementary schools in the county.
Right now, 23 students is the maximum for a classroom, but they hope to change that to 27 students. In case this waiver doesn't work out, the drawing was put into place. Six kids were in the running on Friday. The first three will be able to stay at their current school, while the others will be moved, unless the waiver is approved.
There's been a surge of students in all of the elementary schools and just last year Volga Elementary shut their doors to kindergartners.
5 News talked to one family after the drawing on Friday who's son was lucky enough to not move schools.
"I know my blood pressure went up. I'm not going to quit fighting for him. The board is trying to do everything they can, but it's just a bad situation for everybody," said Linda Triplett and Eleanor Lott, family members of child in lottery.
Other parents say they hope the BOE will resolve this issue and take the best steps forward.
"We are trying to work diligently with the teachers and principles, but there are still unanswered questions from the BOE. Where's my son going to be? I have no idea. He's in kindergarten and this is new to him as well. I just want him to be in the best school that there is and the district close to home," said Tacy Kelly, parent of child in lottery.
5 News reached out to the Barbour County Superintendent on Friday and he released a statement saying,
"'We are going through a situation right now where there is an overflow and parents need to understand we're trying to do what's best," said Dr. F. Joseph Super.
Super also said the BOE is committed to working with parents to ensure everything works out.
The BOE is expected to decide next week on whether this wavier will or will not be passed.
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