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Debate growing over plan to combat overcrowding in Mead School District

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Parents and district members discussed overcrowding at Mead elementary schools Thursday night. Parents and district members discussed overcrowding at Mead elementary schools Thursday night.
MEAD, Wash. -

Thursday night, debate grew over a plan to fix an overcrowding issue in the Mead School District.

In order to make room at Prairie View Elementary School, the district wants to start sending 6th graders to Northwood Middle School.

At a parent meeting about the change, district members addressed concerns about overcrowding.

The district has two ideas to combat the issue.

The first plan would send about 100 incoming sixth graders from Prairie View over to Northwood next school year. Superintendent Tom Rockefeller says this will give them a chance to test out the 6th through 8th grade middle school model that they are looking at moving toward in the coming years. The idea would also open up room for overflow students at Prairie View, reducing the need to shuttle them to other elementary schools.

The second plan would be to change district boundaries to help with elementary school overcrowding.

The school district tells KHQ that they plan to have a decision with the next few weeks. 

The next parent meeting will be May 5th at 7 p.m. at Northwood Middle School.

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