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Student Capacity in Phoenixville Schools Will Be Exceeded by 2014, Report Says

The district is running out of space at the elementary level.

The Daily Local News is reporting that Phoenixville Area School District is expected to exceed its student capacity during the 2014-’15 school year.

According to a presentation given by district continuous improvement director Joe Antonio at a recent school board meeting, PASD is projected to reach peak attendance during the 2021-’22 school year, at which time its classroom resources could be stretched perilously thin.

The real problem comes at the elementary level, where Schuylkill Elementary, East Pikeland Elementary, and the Kindergarten Center are already staring down space problems. At the middle and high school levels, where the district isn’t expected to exceed student capacity until the 2020-’21 school year, there is less of a concern.

“I’m very comfortable with our secondary space,” superintendent Alan Fegley told the paper. “I’m much more concerned with our elementary space.”

Compounding the problem, PASD’s bid to expand East Pikeland Elementary School was rejected by the township in October. The district is appealing that decision.

Phx08 February 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM
It wouldn't be such an issue if PASD didn't purchase the land in Kimberton that they're prohibited from building on...
Joe Smith February 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Let me see if I can get this straight. A month ago, the Government School was looking to get kids to convert back to the government school and leave the choice charters. Now, a month later, they are going to be out of space, without any re converted charter school students. These government schools are a waste and the people who run them are a waste of sperm.
MPorchik February 27, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Joe you are talking about two unrelated problems. Gettign the students from the charter schools to attend in the district will save PASD money. They currently have to send money to the charter school for every child that does not get schooled within the district. With or without those students the district is going to have capacity issues. This has been known for many years now, which is why they were trying to expand East Pikeland Elemantary.
Joe Smith February 27, 2013 at 05:15 PM
It would also "save" money if we got all the tech schools back, because we wouldn't be paying tech anymore. But, since that is also a government school, it is ok to spend the money to send them there. If every student that went to a charter school,came back the district would be building a new building, just for them. The school district will not be overcrowded at the elementary lever because more and more parents realize that the government schools are not the way to go. Maybe all the kids should go to charters, and the taxpayers would save 25% because the district only pays the charters 75% By the way, you can thank the Phoenixville Extortion Association and all their strikes for parents wanting to send their kids elsewhere. We need schools and employees that have values. And now with charters, we are getting that. Another point to ponder Schuylkill Twp only sends 30% of their kids to the Phoenixville wasteland of a school. East Pikeland is about 50% Phoenixville Boro used to be 70% (before charters)
SS February 27, 2013 at 06:30 PM
joe why are you so ignorant. i don't get it. do you live in phoenixville? because if you do, you might want to think about leaving. because all you do is spout ignorant remarks about everything in the town. i'm just curious. i just don't understand why everything is rude that you say.
Dead Horse Beater February 27, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Don't waste your time. He's just a ignorant, racist, miserable excuse for a human being. Ignore him.
P-Ville Mom February 28, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Who doesn't have any of the facts straight. As a matter of fact he's about 15 years behind .
Joe Smith February 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
The schools suck so there is nothing positive to say. At least I just talk about the schools, crime, and don't go after anyone's character here....
Joe Smith March 01, 2013 at 06:00 PM
how am I racist????
Joe Smith March 01, 2013 at 06:02 PM
if you are so much into "diversity" then go move to the colored section.......I bet you choose to live in the white section, so that makes all of you racist........oh gee, I said colored, I meant negro sorry so my language makes me racist???? go f.....yourself up the a......s

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