New Mo. Elementary Schools Could Alleviate Overcrowding

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Two new elementary schools approved by voters but not yet built should ease overcrowding at existing Columbia K-5 buildings.

In the meantime, though, Columbia Public Schools administrators are trying to figure out how to deal with a bloated Mill Creek Elementary. The school — one of the district's more affluent K-5 buildings — has roughly 855 students this year, even though it was only built for 700.

Peter Stiepleman, assistant superintendent of elementary education, told Board of Education members last night that he met with parents from Mill Creek and neighboring elementary schools last week to brainstorm possible solutions. One idea was to allow parents living on the fringe of Mill Creek boundaries to enroll their children elsewhere, he said, adding that that's similar to what the district did when Lee Elementary faced overcrowding issues.

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