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An update on overcrowded schools plan

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PASCO, Wash.--An update on overcrowded schools plan. In the Pasco School District almost every school is considered overcrowded. More students are attending than buildings are designed for. The growth curve will continue to grow in the future.

Pasco School District leaders are considering the year-round school or what's called a "multi-track school year." Meaning students will have different breaks throughout the year and not just a summer recess.

A research group is looking into the additional costs associated with keeping the schools running all year, as well as maintenance.

Costs are certainly a big concern to district leaders but they say they feel the quality of education is the highest priority. Director of Operations John Morgan says "research tells us that classrooms of 25 achieve academically much more than classes of 35 or 40, it's a fact." 

The multi-track plan goes to the school board for a decision on September 13th. If approved the multi-track system could start as soon as next year. The years rotation would start with K through 8th graders, because that is where the most students are today.