Overcrowded Austin elementary school scrambles for space

Hill Elementary School

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s population is exploding seemingly every day and that means enrollment is pushing some schools to the breaking point.

One local school facing a big “numbers” problem is Hill Elementary in North Austin. However, this school is just one of the many searching for more space.

Parents and staff at Hill Elementary know there’s not enough space after more students than originally expected enrolled this year. While the elementary school isn’t making changes now, they may have to in the future.

The crowding of Hill Elementary School can be seen in the gym, cafeteria, and classrooms. One proposed solution is to move the 5th-graders to Anderson High School, about a half mile away. School officials are also looking at the possibility of moving kindergartners to Lucy Reed, a nearby Pre-K school.

Local parent Carol McHorse said “I think there are a lot of concerns. No one wants to leave Hill, but we do have to realize we’d like to have possible viable solutions we could all live with.”

Parents say despite the growing pains, after many moved to North Austin to enroll their kids in these schools, they hope a positive solution can be worked out.

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