Why does Stapleton need relief?

Why does Stapleton need relief?

Ernest Stapleton’s current enrollment exceeds 1,000 students in a facility designed for 800. While portable classrooms have provided some additional capacity, having that many extra students in a facility severely taxes its shared facilities like the gym, cafeteria, library, music and art rooms, and other special classroom spaces. Spaces intended for use as classrooms for special programs (special needs, reading intervention, etc,) teacher workrooms and lounges, and other spaces are converted into cramped classrooms. Hallways and playgrounds are crowded. Ultimately some students may not get consistent and frequent access to art, music, PE, and other classes because there just isn’t enough space to accommodate all of the classes.

In the last year alone, Stapleton’s enrollment grew by 60 students. With continued development of the area as noted above, Stapleton’s enrollment will soon inch up towards 1,100 students.

Providing enrollment relief to Stapleton will improve the educational experience not only for students who remain at Stapleton after the boundary change, but also for those students who move to another school with more space and – in the case of both schools that would receive students – a variety of special programs and opportunities that may not be available at Stapleton.
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