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COSTA MESA / NEWPORT BEACH : Parents Invited to Hear Enrollment Increase Solutions

Parents with children attending Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools are invited to a meeting today to hear how the district will deal with increasing enrollment.

Previous discussions have focused on the Newport Harbor zone, where some elementary schools have reached enrollment capacity.

In the Newport Harbor zone, district figures show many kindergarten through sixth-grade schools and one middle school at more than capacity enrollment.

Officials are expected to present districtwide attendance figures and projections at the meeting.

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Kaiser Elementary School, for example, is at 113% of capacity for kindergarten through second grades. Ensign Intermediate is expected to be at 107% of capacity for the 1995-96 school year.

When schools reach 100% enrollment, media centers and instructional activity labs are converted to classroom use as a short-term solution, said Dale Wooley, the district’s executive director of planning and program development.

The board may consider options such as temporary classrooms at some schools, reviewing school attendance boundaries or shifting what grades are offered at some schools.


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