Reeves Rogers Elementary School initially started out as a magnet school in Murfreesboro.
Four years ago though, growth forced the school to become a community school.
Now, in 2018, it’s already near capacity.
“We’ve just been thriving, and the enrollment has been growing. Right now, our enrollment is around 400,” said Principal Cherrye Robertson.
Officials said the biggest challenge for the city school district as a whole is growth.
“I think the challenge across Middle Tennessee is growth, frankly, which is a good thing. I much rather have growth as a challenge than not having growth at all,” said Murfreesboro City Schools Director, Dr. Linda Gilbert.
At Reeves Rogers, every nook and cranny is being used for educational space since they are at capacity. There’s also the possibility of adding more classes.
“Actually, we’re at about 39 sixth graders with one teacher and so, we’re growing leaps and bounds so now we’re in the process of hiring a sixth-grade teacher. My fifth-grade classes are full so we’re looking at expanding that,” Robertson explained.
Black Fox Elementary, another Murfreesboro City School, is also having to add another sixth-grade class.
Even with the growth, Dr. Gilbert has made a commitment – no more portable classrooms.
“We had to have portables a couple of years ago they were just not acceptable, so I think with the concerns of safety and we want our students in the best learning environment and certainly portables are not the best learning environment for children,” she said.
To help ease overcrowding, additions have been made to several city schools, and a new elementary school is currently under construction on the southwest side of town.
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