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Overcrowding Forces Different Schools for Parkway Students

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CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) – Hundreds of Parkway students will have a different school to call home starting next fall.

Elementary schools in the northern half of the district were becoming overcrowded, so board members voted Wednesday to change boundary lines in an effort to even things out.

“We’ve been communicating a lot with our parents, which I think has helped with this transition,” district spokeswoman Cathy Kelly said. “They understood why we were making these changes and they had a lot of good questions.”

Students at McKelvey, Ross and Craig Elementary Schools are going to be the most affected.

Kelly said board members only saw three solutions to the overcrowding issue: spend $15 million to build a new school, spend $4 million to expand a current school or adjust boundaries at no tangible cost to taxpayers.

About 400 students are expected to be affected. Middle and high schools are also part of the changes, but students currently at those levels will be “grandfathered” in and allowed to continue at their current schools.

Click here to learn more specifics about the changes.

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