Overcapacity in the Western District Schools
Crozet Gazette Friday, February 03, 2017 at 9 a.m.
As new restaurants and merchants spring up throughout Crozet, highlighting the benefits of population growth in western Albemarle County, parents and officials are concerned about the impact of that growth on area schools.
Preliminary projections recently compiled by the county show Western Albemarle High School enrollment exceeding official capacity by the start of the new school year this fall. Over a ten-year horizon, the school expects a 20 percent increase in enrollment, from the current 1,080 to 1,300 students beginning in 2024. Henley Middle School, already the largest middle school in the division, foresees almost 17 percent growth, topping 1,000 students in ten years.
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