Ooltewah Elementary School is about to double in size. Dozens of additional teachers. Longer and wider hallways. Expansive lunchroom. Two full-court gyms.
And this is a model that Hamilton County plans to replicate. At some point all elementary schools will be about this big.
Officials argue that one school for 1,000 children is cheaper to build and operate than two schools for 500. But some education researchers say that savings comes at a high price because the more students in a building, the worse they perform.