RUTHERFORD CO., Tenn. - Rutherford County school officials are considering at least one more high school as students overflow the seven existing schools.
The county school board will decide Wednesday if it will recommend building its eighth traditional high school.
The board is considering a site near Stewarts Creek Middle School on Red Hawk Parkway.
Rutherford County's LaVergne High School is typical of the overcrowding at the existing high schools.
The school is built for 2,000 students, but this year could be several hundred over capacity.
"It would be better if we did not have to use portable classrooms, but we are making it work," said assistant principal Tim Lake as he directed nearly 1,500 children to busses as school let out on Tuesday.
"I understand we have 2,300-3,400 enrolled, but we are still getting our numbers squared away," he said about the school located in Tennessee's fastest-growing county.
"All of our high schools are in need of some relief with the exception of a couple of them. They are all getting past that two thousand mark," said school board spokesperson James Evans.
"The debate is whether to build the new high school in the Smyrna-LaVergne area which would be at Stewarts Creek on their campus or in the Rockvale area which affects more the Murfreesboro area schools," he said, before a work session Tuesday by the school board.
The county director of schools recommends the site near Stewarts Creek, but while the board may agree this week, the final decision for another high school rests with county commissioners who must fund the project.
If approval and funding comes through, the new Rutherford County high school would open in August 2013.