Reynoldsburg Schools present plan to ease high school overcrowding

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WCMH)–Overcrowding at one of its two high schools is forcing the Reynoldsburg City Schools to make changes before next school year.

Tonight was the first time parents got a look at the options the district is considering.

Eighth-graders have a choice of which high school to go to. The Summit Road campus, the newer of the two Reynoldsburg High Schools, is at its capacity of nearly 1,400 students, as most students have chosen this option over the Livingston campus. Changes proposed include adding modulars, or even splitting up students by grade.

Reynoldsburg parents must weigh in on what option they want the board of education to pursue to address the overcrowding issues in the newest high school, Summit Campus.

“Reynoldsburg prides itself on being a district of choice and we are in a position right now if nothing changes we won’t be able to offer everyone’s first choice,” said school board president Joe Begeny.

Among the parents attending was Odella Crafter, who has three children at the Livingston Campus, where fewer students now attend.

“The newest of these buildings didn’t play a role in my children’s decision. They looked at the curriculum and whether or not it fit what they thought they wanted to do in High School.

Summit Campus houses the engineering, science and traditional learning academies, ESTEM and ENCORE.

While Livington Campus offers classes for students interested in careers in healthcare and business…part of HS2 and Bell academies.

But with too many students at Summit Campus, administrators must either

  • Install modular classrooms there for one or two years
  • Make Livingston Campus a STEM campus
  • combine the HS2 and ESTEM and divide STEM students by grade. Ninth and 10th-graders go to Summit, while 11th-12th graders attend Livingston.

It’s a tough decision the board wants community input on before making a decision.

“We have to get the parents involved because this is their district as it is anyone else’s,” Begeny said.

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