Indianapolis Schools Turn Focus From Construction to Curriculum

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Six years ago, Kim Cole's son attended second grade in a small room with glass walls.

The room in Harrison Parkway Elementary wasn't designed to be a classroom, but Hamilton Southeastern Schools was growing by about 1,000 students a year and the district couldn't build schools fast enough to keep up with enrollment growth. It had to improvise with classroom space.

"It was interesting to see how they had to accommodate the growth at the elementary schools at that time," Cole said.

Those boom times, however, have come to an end. Hamilton Southeastern, which had been building a new school every two years, has shelved plans to construct a 13th elementary school.

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