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Students, teachers speak out about overcrowded high schools in Howard County

Posted at 11:39 PM, Sep 11, 2018

It was packed house Tuesday night as parents and students addressed the Howard County Board of Education about overcrowding in some high schools.

They addressed the board on how to relieve the problem. 

The board is now reviewing several options for next school year, among them: boundary adjustments, open enrollment which offers families the choice of an out-of-district school and temporary school reassignments for freshmen.

Parents and students were passionate about their concerns.

"A ninth grade academy in a building that’s not up to par to hold children or taking children from the school they’re supposed to go do and making them go to another high school some of them are quite a distance from their homes, is not feasible," said parent, Kay Vandenberg.

"Relocatable classrooms are a poor substitute for an actual school building. their purpose should be for a short-term solution, not the fix for a long-term problem.   During a typical school day the hallways are so full of students, I’m forced to walk outside between classes," said one Howard High School student.

The board could make a decision as early as September 20.