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Perryville school district running out of space for classrooms

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

The Perryville School District has been adding more teachers across the district, but now they need to find more space for students.

"The last few years we've been adding a teacher per grade level. If we had to add another one next year, I don't know where we would put them," Perryville Superintendent Scott Ireland said.

The district is running out of space for classrooms and it's causing them to get creative with how they use what they have.

"We've been moving teachers from one place to another and actually in the elementary school, we have taken an art teacher and put them on a cart to make space for another class," Ireland said.

Jane Narrow, assistant principal at the middle school, says they've had to split classrooms in half and start lunch as early as 10:30 a.m.

"One large classroom, we've had to put up a partition walls in the past and we still are doing that to make more room for students," Narrow said.

One of the bigger problems at the grade school is a growing third grade class. 

The teacher-to-student ratio is already 25 to 1, but Narrow says it will be even worse by the time those students make it to the cramped fifth grade center.

"When that class or group of over 200 students gets here, there will be classes of over 30 in our 5th grade center, with nowhere to go," she said.

The district is planning to open another school building and leaders are keeping an open mind about which students it would serve.

"We looking at the biggest need, would the community support a high school because all students wind up there?" Ireland said. "Would it be another elementary? An early childhood center is something we've also talked about."

Superintendent Ireland says once they figure out how much money they need, they hope the community will back them up.

"I think if the community is behind our schools then when the word gets out about how much we need, hopefully they'll support it," he said.

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