REYNOLDSBURG, OH (WCMH) — After weeks of public comment and careful discussion, Reynoldsburg City Schools has a plan to deal with overcrowding at the Summit Road Campus.
For one year, and one year only, there will be an enrollment cap for the academies at the Summit Road campus.
“We wanted to find a way to give every student their first choice. The problem with that was there was no way, mathematically, we could put one group of students at the campus they needed to be at,” said board member Joe Begeny.
The greatest impact will be felt at the Summit Campus which is bursting at the seams. More and more students entering 9th grade have, over the years, picked the eSTEM Academy as their choice for high school.
“Originally the entire academy system was based on a cap structure where each academy would be limited to about 400 and change per academy and then things changed,” said Begeny.
It’s a band-aid fix. Public discussion and an online survey revealed eStem academy families were not fans of a plan to split up the high school grades with 11th- and 12th-grade students going to the Livingston Avenue Campus.
“Overwhelming the eStem parents were most enthusiastic about keeping their academy,” said Begeny. “It’s become a family really. Nine through twelve, a lot of kids work with the upperclassmen and underclassmen to get things done and they didn’t want to lose that.”
Other options, such as modular classrooms, would have cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“I’d rather spend some of that money on maybe updating facilities here at the Livingston campus, even looking at different teaching options for some electives,” said Begeny.
Begeny said the enrollment cap affects about 100 soon-to-be freshmen, outgoing 8th graders who must now accept their second choice for an academic pathway for high school.What others are clicking on: