More crowding found in lower grades |

More crowding found in lower grades

Mary Ann Lopez
Special to the Post Independent

Most schools in the Roaring Fork School District RE-1 are in good shape for class loads for the next several years. Only Crystal River Elementary School is already beyond its maximum capacity of 200, with 206 students estimated in 2002 and 212 in 2003.

Four other schools are above their optimum class load, including Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt elementary schools and Glenwood Springs Middle School.

Of those, Basalt and Glenwood Springs elementary schools are at risk in this decade of going above the maximums set for each school, a capacity study conducted for the district found.

According to the study, Basalt will reach its maximum capacity of 660 students in 2007 and rise beyond that to 713 by 2010. The school currently has 581 students.

GSES is expected to have 621 students in 2010, and currently has 506 students enrolled. Its maximum capacity is 595.

Some schools, however, are way below their optimum capacity, according to the study. Glenwood Springs High School has 766 students enrolled in 2002, but the school is optimally built to handle 1,073. In 2004 GSHS will go above its optimum class load for the first time with 807 students.

Roaring Fork High School is also below its optimal level. Based on the study the school will not reach its optimal or maximum levels, with only 447 students expected to be using the school in 2010.

The school can hold an optimal 659 students and currently has 364 enrolled.

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