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Calgary Board of Education tries to find solutions to overcrowding

Last Updated Sep 25, 2019 at 8:23 am MST

CALGARY (CityNews) – There are empty hallways at some Calgary public high schools, and overcrowding at others.

That was the topic of conversation Tuesday night as the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) held the first of twelve public consultations about the issue.

Dozens of parents turned out to have their voices heard and see what the CBE is proposing to solve the problems.

“When you look at the numbers on the board, it seems like it wouldn’t be that difficult to move a few students from one place to another,” said one parent. “We’re just kind of curious in terms of high school development and the future so I want to learn a little more,” said another.

Carrie Edwards is the Director of Property Planning and Transportation for the CBE.

She says four different factors are being looked into.

“We’re looking at possible grade configuration changes, we’re looking at the locations of some of our programs, we’re looking at boundary configurations and we’re looking at things we might need to consider as we implement those changes.”

Edwards said the first students who will be impacted by changes will be kids who are currently in Grade 7. She adds that any changes likely won’t come into effect until 2022.