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Hermiston school district remains optimistic amidst over-enrollment issues

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HERMISTON, OR - A booming student enrollment isn't the worst problem to have for the Hermiston School District; however, the same thing can't be said for parents.

"I'll give you an example for the family that moves in, who are new to the area," said Mike Kay, Executive Director of Operations. "The realtor works with them on the house and they recognize the house is right across the street from the school, but they go to register their kid and we don't have room this year."

According to Kay, that is one thing the district doesn't want to discuss.

"Even though the school might be across the street, there are some kids that are being shuttled across to another school and that's a tough conversation to have," said Kay.

The district is working on trying to find solutions to the problem. They incorporated more portables last school year, but today they said they have grown even more since then.

"As of today we're at 5,648 students," said Tricia Mooney, Assistant Superintendent. "That's K-12 district-wide. A growth of about 250 students from where we were last year at this time."

The district is trying a new short-term solution.

"We've started some shuttling between the buildings, which means that even though a student might live in the Desert View District, there might not be a space available for them this year," said Kay. "In that case, they would have to go to West Park  with their kindergarten class."

Despite the challenges, the district is staying optimistic about what they say is "the best problem they can have."

"The great thing about it is people are very understanding when they realize the situation, and that they know there are solutions down the road," said Kay.