POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - There are plans for expansion and change to meet the needs of the growing school district in Poplar Bluff.
School leaders say demographics studies show the area is set to grow by several hundred more students in the next decade.
"We need to meet the need quickly and efficiently, and also in a cost efficient way," said Superintendent Chris Hon. "We want to move our district into the next century and have a plan that lasts into the future."
The district already has 5200 students on top of about 700 staff members. The idea for the long range plan has gone through multiple revisions in countless meetings and talks with various committees.
The current plan calls for rearranging and expanding.
They would essentially move the current high school students to the 5th and 6th grade center. From there, the 5th and 6th graders would move to current high school campus. That campus would then become an area for 4th through 6th graders.
"Both areas would undergo some building and expansion to meet the needs of a different student population," said Hon. "We feel this would help in a lot of ways not just to meet the need for more room as we grow, but also help make our campuses more secure."
Hon says they hope to see the changes in place by the 2016-2017 school year.