PRINCETON — Students living in Wyndale subdivision may not be leaving Melrose Elementary after all.
Mercer County Schools Superintendent Deborah Akers told a group of parents from the school that she had no immediate intention of making a recommendation to redistrict the school's attendance zones for the 2013-14 school year.
Akers said she believed an expected fourth-fifth split classroom would help alleivate immediate overpopulation concerns. However, she added that the school may once again be without a media center for the school year. The loss of the media center would depend on the number of Kindergarten students that enrolled at the school in the fall.
"For the past two years, we've been able to get by by having two classes of Kindergarten with two teachers at the maximum of 28," Akers told the parents. "This year, we had so many that we had to convert the media center."
In December, when Akers first brought the issue to the board's attention, she cited the conversion of the media center as a reason the board needed to look at redistricting the school's attendance zones. At the time, Akers told the board that the area around Wyndale subdivision was a candidate because of the growth in homes and the nearness of Athens School.
Athens School has space available due to the opening of PikeView Middle School. When PVMS opened, Athens sent its sixth, seventh and eighth graders to the new school, opening several rooms to house elementary age students.
As Board of Education President Greg Prudich had previously said, the addition of more homes into the area, would lead to more students at the school, thus making the problem a concern.
"I know we may not have to do anything this year," Prudich told the parents. "I'm still concerned that we're going to have to do something in the future because of the population boom in that area. What I don't want to have happen is that we're put in a position to where we have to take immediate action to solve the problem."