Beavercreek schools running out of space, searching for solutions

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Officials with Beavercreek City Schools say the district is running out of space due to its growing student population.

The district is now accepting community input on potential solutions to the problem and may consider building a new school, according to Paul Otten, superintendent.

The district’s elementary schools are operating at just over 100 percent capacity, Otten said. 

Parents who spoke with 2 NEWS said that news isn’t surprising.

“My son goes to one of the buildings that happens to be significantly over its listed capacity, and the teachers are doing a great job, and the staff does a great job, but the classrooms are very full,” said Jonathan Faulkner, whose son is in fourth grade.

“The classrooms – they’re at capacity as far as how many children,” said Jennifer Zollars, who has two children in elementary school. “There’s so many kids in a class, so they’re tight.”

The administration has begun work to craft a master plan for how the district will handle its growing student population. The district has several options, Otten said, including building a new school, adding onto current schools or bringing in portable classrooms.

But any new construction would require voters to pass a bond issue, he said.

“I do think our community recognizes there’s a pretty significant need when they see the growth happening,” Otten said. “Our elementaries, parents at our elementaries, they see our large class sizes.”

Parents at the meeting who spoke with 2 NEWS said they would support a bond issue for a new school, but some fear it could be a tough sell. Voters narrowly failed to pass an operating levy for the schools in November.

Otten said he’s collecting public input now to create a proposal the community can get behind.

“This is a growing community,” Otten said. “We’re busting at the seams, and the nice thing about a bond issue is you get to see it. You can see the value of a new building.”

The earliest any bond issue would appear on the ballot would be November, Otten said.

Beavercreek City Schools is hosting another public meeting on February 11 at 6 p.m.

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