Last year, a moratorium was implemented on out-of-area transfers to alleviate overcrowding at GW, which has some of the highest test scores in the state. Now, out-of-area students who are applying to GW for next year are already being turned down because the school board implemented a stricter transfer policy in May after months of debate about whether to redistrict attendance zones.
"We look at program capacity and maximum enrollment in different classes, and that's the number of students that can be housed," Wilson said. "Whether that meets the guidelines, the decision is made to stop taking out-of-area students.
"We have several schools in the county that are crowded from time to time, and we've closed a lot of schools. We're now at a point where we're tight in some schools, but just right in most."
Wilson said that the portable classrooms like the ones at JA are a problem across the county, especially when it comes to safety standards.
About 75 portables are currently being used at Kanawha County schools. Elkview Middle School has three, while Carver Career Center and Andrews Heights Elementary have four each.
In 1980, the state started requiring that school systems commit to a removal time for portables as a way to avoid permanent use of the separate buildings.
"We have about a dozen that have been in place before that requirement even came around," Wilson said. "If population trends keep going up, and the buildings stay the same, those portables are going to stay put."
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