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Elder Grove School looks to expand as student population continues growing

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It's been just 3-years since Elder Grove School expanded to accommodate the growing student body. Elder Grove's Superintendent Justin Klebe says the student population continues to grow and at a fast rate.

He says they already need to consider expanding again.

In the 2013 -- 2014 school year, Elder Grove School built an additional nine classrooms, put in a library and computer lab. At the time there were 385 students ..

Elder Grove Superintendent Justin Klebe says this school year they have grown to 560 students.

Klebe says with at least three new subdivisions popping up around the school, they did a demographic study. He says with farm land being sold for residential property, in the next 5-years or so, there will be nearly 1,000 students.

Some of the obstacles they're currently facing are trying to figure out lunches, the lunchroom is the original kitchen from the 70's. He says they had to move the music room to the concession area and next year they're getting rid of a computer lab to make it into a classroom.

"Cause if we don't do something we're going to start having really large class sizes because we won't have any classrooms for them which is what happened at school district two," he said.

Klebe says they formed a facility planning committee, they'll be meeting tonight to discuss what elder grove's future looks like and for some solutions.

He adds there's also a lot of misconceptions about their middle schoolers attending Ben Steele Middle School when it opens.

He says elder grove is their own district, with their own middle school, and if students were to go to Ben Steele, it would cost $1,400 per student.

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