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School districts: "It's a problem, but a good one to have."

AISD Communications Director Holly Shelton AISD Communications Director Holly Shelton
Bushland ISD Superintendent Don Wood Bushland ISD Superintendent Don Wood

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - The first week of school isn't even over yet, and some local districts are already setting records... enrollment records.

Amarillo and Bushland ISDs are both seeing so many new kids this year that they're having trouble finding places to put them. Amarillo had a meeting Thursday morning, hoping to sort through some of the challenges that come with adding 700 new students this year.

Holly Shelton says, "What we do look at is that bottom number. How many students do we have. What schools are seeing the growth and do we have enough rooms there, do we have enough teachers there."

The majority of those new students moved to the district, but several of them are transfers from others.

Those who live in the district pay property taxes to AISD, but the district also gets money from the state for those students as well as for the transfers... About $5800 per kid.

At Bushland ISD they get $8300... Money that's working wonders.

Superintendent Don Wood says, "When we started looking at the numbers we had a $1 million deficit. Those news students cut it nearly in half. Now we're at $477,000 deficit this year." 

Both districts say some of that money will go directly towards construction to meet the increasing student demand.

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