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Bozeman Schools see enrollment top 7,000 for first time ever

Overcrowded classrooms among growth concerns
Posted at 10:28 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 12:28:08-04

BOZEMAN — Bozeman has yet again reached a record amount of students within the district, this year clocking in with more than 7,000 students.

With the school year starting up in just a few weeks, Superintendent Bob Connors has some concerns.

“The seventh grade sections over at Sacajawea are full and so we are sending kids over to CJ, so it’s just a big chess game right now that we’re trying to figure out,” Connors said.

The kindergarten classrooms are also full and between having concerns about too many kindergartners and middle schoolers, many parents may be wondering how the district plans to fit everyone into a classroom.

“We have two rooms that we could utilize to open up another section for another group of kids if that’s what has to happen,” Connors said.

While the district faces this growth, elementary number nine is becoming more of a reality with each passing day.

Connors said, “we have two properties on the west side that could house a K-5 building and that’s probably a sooner conversation than a later conversation.”

Classes begin for students on Sep. 3, except for kindergartners, who begin on Sep. 6.