AUDIO: Some Southwest Local Students Going Back To School In Modular Classrooms

Posted On August 16, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Southwest Local Schools students will be taught class in modular classrooms this year. File photo.

(Harrison, Oh.) – It’s back to school Wednesday for a record number of students at Southwest Local Schools.

Superintendent John Hamstra says enrollment in the district is up for the 2017-18 school year.

“We’re excited to welcome in over 4,000 students to our school district for the first time in history. That is going to show as kids roll in. It’s going to be both exciting and kids are going to be a little nervous obviously. Parents can be nervous as they drop their kids off for the first time, but we are ready. Our teachers are ready. They’ve been preparing the past two days and our facilities are ready,” Hamstra said on Eagle Country 99.3 on Tuesday.

The population boom in western Hamilton County is credited for the rapidly-expanding enrollment. Administrators are now finding ways to cope with schools burgeoning with kids.

“We’re adding about 25 new students a day over the last 2 ½ weeks, which is insane. It’s almost triple what we are used to,” explains the superintendent.


If the audio player does not appear, click here to listen to the interview.

Southwest Local Schools are pursuing another ballot issue for district voters to decide this November. If the school bond issue passes, it would allow for three new elementary schools and a new middle school to be built, as well as renovations to William Henry Harrison High School. Two previous attempts to raise property taxes at the ballot have failed.

Until the school district can expand its facilities, many students at Crosby Elementary School and Harrison Junior School will be going to class in modular classrooms. Class space has run out inside the schools. The district is leasing the portable classrooms for four years.

“They are short-term fixes for a long-term problem,” said Hamstra.

The school district has already held three town hall meetings to lay out the facts of the bond issue for citizens. Another forum will be held with the Greater Harrison Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison High School Activity Center.


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