Rio Rancho schools trying to come up with overcrowding fix

Created: 01/27/2014 5:13 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Too many students -- it's an overcrowding problem inside some Rio Rancho elementary schools that has parents fed up.

On Monday night, the school board will try to tackle the problem. KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned one elementary school has over 200 kids too many.

Most of the elementary schools in the Rio Rancho Public Schools District were built to hold about 800 students each. "Everybody wants to bring their kids here," said Henry Gonzales.

But at Maggie Cordova Elementary School, more than 1,000 students are enrolled. A number that's unacceptable to some parents and grandparents, like Henry Gonzales. Gonzales said his grandson is one of about 30 in his 5th grade class. "One teacher. Yeah. That's a lot of, I don't know how they do it," said Gonzales.

KOB learned the issue isn't only at Maggie Cordova but also at Ernest Stapleton and Martin Luther King Jr.

Ernest Stapleton has 916 students, while Martin Luther king Jr. has 877.

A spokesperson for the district told KOB they've had to add portable classrooms to make room and it's worked. 

"My granddaughter goes to school here and she's doing great. She doesn't complain, you know, about that," said Tina Resner, whose granddaughter goes to Maggie Cordova.

But too many kids isn't an ideal situation for anyone.

On Monday night, the school board will look at a number of options, including stopping students from transferring to certain schools. They're also considering building an extra kindergarten facility near Maggie Cordova.

The board could discuss and possibly vote on those plans, or they could scrap them both, and be back at square one. 

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