Columbia School Board to discuss overcrowding in Gentry Middle School

3 months 1 week 2 days ago October 10, 2016 Oct 10, 2016 Monday, October 10 2016 Monday, October 10, 2016 4:50:00 PM CDT in News
By: Joe Gjata, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA – Columbia Public Schools administration plans to address overcrowding concerns in Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School during Monday night’s school board meeting. 

According to district policy, the superintendent, Dr. Peter Stiepleman, is in charge of presenting “school attendance areas” to the Board of Education.

Michelle Baumstark, community relations director for CPS, said the reason for the policy is to monitor areas where adjustments need to be made to manage growth and overcrowding.

Baumstark said the overcrowding issue has been a concern in recent years and Monday night’s meeting is the start of the conversation for presenting information and begin planning solutions—both long-term and short-term.

“We are seeing significant growth in south Columbia and because we are over capacity for Gentry Middle school,” Baumstark said. “We know we need to make adjustments in the Gentry attendance area until we can get the new middle school built."

Baumstark said administration believes it could take around six years to find property, design a new middle school and figure out logistics.

“We want to try to maintain the feeder pattern that we have for middle schools going into certain high schools,” she said. “Gentry and Jeff(erson) Middle School feed into Rock Bridge High School and so we want to maintain that because it also maintains cohorts of children moving through the system together.”

Dr. Stiepleman reaffirmed that goal at the school board meeting.

According to his report, the capacity for Gentry is roughly 700 students and the capacity for Jeff is a slightly over 650 students. However, current enrollment at Gentry is close to 900, while enrollment at Jeff is a hair over 600.

Dr. Stiepleman said the best short term solution would be to modify attendance areas. He explained doing nothing or adding trailers would be impractical for the school. Those attendance areas would be kept in place for the next five or six years until a new school is finalized.

"We're talking about this year's kindergartners going into the new middle school," Dr. Stiepleman said.

Jeff Middle School has more room and administration said it will likely develop a plan move some students to Jefferson, with the long-term goal of building a new school.

Baumstark stressed the meeting serves as an initial report and no action will be taken by the school board.

She said the board should have two-to-three scenarios in November with plans to take action in March 2017.

“In the meantime, we have an obligation to look at our attendance areas and see what we can do to mitigate issues, while we work toward the long range goal of building a new middle school,” Baumstark said.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 26-year-old St. Louis man is now charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the... More >>
1 hour ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:23:07 AM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Boys & Girls Club in Columbia began demolishing the Sonic on Business Loop Thursday morning in order... More >>
5 hours ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:33:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY — If Missouri fails to comply with the federal REAL ID Act, some Missourians could face a real... More >>
16 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:05:00 PM CST in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the person at the center of a death investigation north of... More >>
17 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:16:00 PM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man started a petition against a magic show featuring rare, white tigers at the University of... More >>
17 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Washington D.C. isn’t the only city subject to cyber attacks. Mid-Missouri's power lines are at risk- but not... More >>
17 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:26:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Members of Decoding Dyslexia Missouri met at the State Capitol on Wednesday for the second annual Decoding... More >>
18 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:20:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Breaking political tradition, Gov. Eric Greitens did not present a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year... More >>
18 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 3:10:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers arrested Carl Lovell Wade, according to reports, after investigating a robbery at First State Community... More >>
19 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:33:00 PM CST in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — There's new life for a plan to have St. Louis taxpayers help fund a new downtown... More >>
20 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:20:06 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's death was overturned after spending nearly a... More >>
20 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:03:08 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man will serve three years in federal prison without parole for pointing a... More >>
22 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:21:09 AM CST in News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a teenager and his mother are under arrest in the death of a Missouri... More >>
22 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:49:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum will wrap up presentations for a possible solution to overcrowding... More >>
22 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:47:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Two masked... More >>
23 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:07:00 AM CST in News
ROLLA (AP) — Authorities in south-central Missouri are investigating after a woman's body was found in a ditch along a... More >>
23 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:57:00 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities are investigating a homicide in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. KMBC-TV reports that... More >>
23 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:54:00 AM CST in News
VANDALIA-The city of Vandalia is declaring a boil advisory until Thursday at 3 a.m. The city’s water pressure dropped... More >>
23 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:43:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
10am 46°
11am 47°
12pm 48°
1pm 49°