Overcrowding Causes Student Safety Concerns

Overcrowding is causing safety concerns for local teachers and students at least through the end of this school year.

400 more students than capacity are learning in the three northern Canyon Independent School District elementary schools.

To accommodate the growing population in that part of town portable classrooms have been put in. But there's a safety concern with these portables.

Teacher Darcie Milsow says safety is the number one concern for parents and teachers whose students are learning in portables.

"And they know that we're exposed out here. And there's not locked gates all the way around our campus. We've had vandalism at the beginning of the year there was a lot of vandalism to the portables."

And teaching in portable classrooms makes it more difficult for teachers to collaborate and make the best use of their resources.

"And just being outside the building away from all the resources inside you know the copier the computer lab, the library, " says Milsow, "And having to take our kids out of the building we loose instruction time on a normal day eight times."

But this problem is expected to last the rest of the year. Two new multimillion dollar schools are being built for next year.

The district says the new hillside elementary school located off Soncy will open with 210 students and City View Elementary off western will open with 318 students.

Laurie Cizon of CISD say,"And having smaller schools and smaller school populations gives us a little more time to focus on each child. And gives us a little more time to just let them be and just watch them learn, help them learn."

Cizon says the new schools will allow each elementary to be under capacity. When the new schools open this fall portable classrooms will no longer be used for elementary students.