In Ohio, schools built by the state often overcrowded

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Many of Ohio’s newest schools are bursting at the seams — or getting close to it.

One out of three schools that opened this school year with funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission is serving more students than the building is designed to hold, according to a Dispatch analysis of state data.

About half of the new buildings are hovering around 90 percent capacity — a measure experts say is too crowded to allow flexibility for students and programs.

The worst case in the state is in Whitehall: The district’s three new elementary schools — two of which opened this school year — were designed to serve a total of 1,275 students. They exceeded that capacity by 250 students as of May 9.

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