Although school enrollment has stabilized in the wake of the recession, pockets of population growth exists, especially in the Mountain's Edge and Rhodes Ranch communities. Currently, five southwest valley elementary schools — designed for about 800 students — have enrollments over 1,000 students.
And the problem isn't going away soon. District officials estimate an additional 1,000 students to attend southwest valley elementary schools next school year. That could mean more packed classrooms, hallways and lunchrooms and even more congestion at school drop-offs and pickups.
"A decision (on a solution to school overcrowding) has to be made," said School Board member Carolyn Edwards. "We can't maintain the status quo."