Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:01 PM by MTN News
KALISPELL - Kalispell's West Valley school is running out of room. Teachers are having to hold class in closets and storage areas.
The K-8 school is turning to the voters for help to pass a $6.8 million bond next month.
It's all because of increased enrollment. 544 students attend West Valley school. Superintendent Cal Ketchum says that's about 100 overcapacity. And they continue to grow by about 5 percent each year.
If the voters come through for West Valley, the school will add more classrooms, an auxiliary gym, and make some other improvements.
Ketchum says over the last few years, the school has been using a band aid approach to create more space.
"We've got a special ed room in our cafeteria, which used to be a small gym as well which we can't use for that any longer because we've put a classroom in there so lots of examples of that throughout the school," Ketchum said.
Voters will have a chance to see the situation first hand during a town hall meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the school.
A much smaller bond request to address overcrowding failed in 2010. The last time the school expanded was in 2000.