Overpopulated south Edmonton schools weigh options for kindergarten students

EDMONTON – Two of south Edmonton’s newest schools are so full parents have been warned kindergartners living within the schools’ attendance boundaries can’t be guaranteed a spot next September.

Esther Starkman and Johnny Bright schools have been expanded to the limit and are still so overpopulated that Edmonton Public Schools administrators are examining several ways to control enrolment. Options include shrinking the schools’ catchment areas, holding a lottery for spots, moving entire kindergarten programs off site, moving some grades to other schools, moving junior high students elsewhere, or running “dual-track” schools in which students and staff attend one school on two separate timetables so more students can use a single building.

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