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.

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