Lafayette schools task force tackles enrollment


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette School Corporation task force charged with finding a solution to the district’s looming overcrowding issues met for the first time Wednesday evening.

As News 18 has already reported, if historically large kindergarten classes continue, several Lafayette School Corporation elementary schools will soon be over capacity in the next two years. Using birth rate figures and other data, the largest growth is projected to occur at the elementary schools south of Teal Road at Earhart, Edgelea and Miami Elementary schools.

In Wednesday’s meeting, 16 committees were formed from the 64 person task force made up of teachers, administrators, parents and business leaders representing various parts of the community.

“They’re well represented tonight in the task force and we believe that the community at large will support us,” said John Layton, Lafayette School Corporation assistant superintendent.

Possible solutions include adding onto existing buildings and reopening a closed facility, or even opening a new school. The task force will also look at Lafayette Jefferson High School as it approaches 50 years at its current campus. The next meeting is May 1 at 7 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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