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Overcrowded classrooms are common at WAHS

Posted on: November 7, 2016

Many Albany schools are full, and projections show enrollment growth in the coming years.

West Albany High School has less square footage per student at 100 square feet per student compared to the recommended high school size of 150 square feet per student. This makes a crowded school in general and many overcrowded classrooms.

Addressing crowding is a priority for a possible bond measure in May 2017. Solutions for overcrowding can include adding modular classrooms, but that won’t work at WAHS because the common space in the school, such as the cafeteria and gyms, cannot be expanded for more students. And the building is aging and has many other deficiencies.

The School Board is currently reviewing facility needs and is expected to make a decision for a bond proposal early in 2017.