by: Tom Regan Updated:
ATLANTA,None - An Atlanta elementary school is hoping to get approval for a big expansion to ease overcrowding.
E. Rivers Elementary School in Buckhead has been bursting at the seams for years -- its recommended capacity is 423 students, but the school has 200 more than that.
Classroom space is so limited, that the auditorium is now being used as a classroom.
"It’s just too many kids," parent Brett Parker said.
But the school could be in line for a major expansion.
This week, redistricting planners for Atlanta Public Schools recommended rebuilding the school to accommodate nearly 800 students.
"I think that's a good idea to build it out. You know, keep it in the community," parent Andrea Parker said.
Parents in the northern Atlanta school cluster known as SRT-4 have waged a determined effort to keep schools intact during the largest redistricting project in Atlanta in a decade.
APS demographers also recommend delaying any attendance zone changes until locations are determined for a new elementary and middle school.
That decision could take several years – good news for parents who object to the redistricting plans.
The recommendations are the latest developments in the redistricting process and could be subject to change.
The recommendations have been passed on to the superintendent, who will make the final decision and present it to the Atlanta School Board. That is expected to take place this spring.