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Lindbergh elementary school students moving to middle school

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A number of students at Sappington Elementary are going to a middle school because of overcrowding. Credit: KMOV A number of students at Sappington Elementary are going to a middle school because of overcrowding. Credit: KMOV
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Sappington Elementary in the Lindbergh School District should hold no more than 550 students, according to school officials. 

For the last several years the elementary had to accommodate more than 550 students due to rising numbers. During the 2016-2017 school year, the number of students finally got too big to accommodate.

“Last year we looked at our enrollment projections and we noticed Sappington had an influx in students due in part to housing turnover and a new subdivision that opened in the area,” said Dr. Brian McKenney, Assistant Superintendent of Lindbergh Schools.

School officials say there was supposed to be 800 students at Sappington Elementary as a result. 

“There physically wasn’t space,” said Dr. McKenney.

Lindbergh is opening another elementary school – it’s sixth – for the 2017-2018 school year. So, for one year officials had to figure out what to do with the extra students at Sappington Elementary.

The solution was to send 125 fifth graders to Sperreng Middle School, since that was the only location with enough space to hold extra students. Dr. McKenney says the move makes sense because those fifth graders will ultimately be at Sperreng Middle next year.

“It’s kind of different and fun because we’re the only kids that get to do it,” said Luke Wendel, fifth grade student.

“I was surprised and happy. It was cool because I’m able to get one more year (at Sperreng Middle) than the other fifth graders,” said Nyla Jackson, fifth grade student. 

Even with the 125 fifth grade students moving to the middle school for the 2016-2017 school year, there are still around 650 kids at Sappington Elementary – far over what there should be.

This is just a reflection of a growing population in the Lindbergh School District.

“Growth is a positive challenge because it means that our communities are vibrant and they’re growing and people are interested in moving here. That’s a good problem for a community to have,” said Dr. McKenney.

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