First at Four: Superintendent talks about plans to address overcrowding

First at Four: Superintendent talks about plans to address overcrowding

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Dr. Tim Markley, the superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, talked about a number of issues impacting students and parents Wednesday on WECT News First at Four.

Markley said two weeks into the new school year, district leaders are pleased with how everything is going so far.

There are more than 25,000 students in the district and that number continues to grow, causing concerns for parents.

We asked you to submit questions for the superintendent via Twitter, most of those who participated asked about plans to deal with overcrowding.

At the high school level, Markley said work is underway on a new Career and Technical Education or CTE school. He says that will help with some crowding at the high school level.

There are also renovations underway at Hoggard and Laney High Schools.

According to new numbers from the district, several schools are over capacity. Some by hundreds of students. Laney High is more than 500 students over capacity.

When asked about plans to address that in the short term, Markley said, "In some places you'll see trailers. If you're up at Laney, you'll see trailers added to the front where they added during construction. In some places you may lose a music room. That teacher may travel between classrooms. We're trying to get through bond construction, which will take another two years. Then, we'll look at readjusting those lines based on where those students are."

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