Wayne High School Is Still 325 Students Below It's Capacity

By Scott Sarvay

September 10, 2010 Updated Sep 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Some parents and students still feel that Wayne High School is overcrowded. Ryan Elijah spoke to district officials and takes a closer look at the impact that closing Elmhurst has had.

The closing of Elmhurst High School has left every high school in the district with more students than last year, but clearly the biggest change has been felt at Wayne, a school that saw it's enrollment explode by over 60-percent from last year.

But when you take a look at the numbers provided to us by the Fort Wayne Community Schools you can see that Wayne is still 325 students below it's capacity, despite adding over 600 students from last year. Northrop is actually the school that's closest to maximum student capacity.

But even district officials admit, it's been an adjustment for students and administrators, especially at Wayne. Classroom size is one big concern,

The goal is to have 32 students per teacher and overall that's better than last year's ratio of 33

But some Wayne classes are bigger than that. Which is why FWCS is in the process of hiring a few more teachers.

The district has also made changes to bus routes recently to cut down on late arrivals. They say along with the challenge of closing a school, late registration didn't help the situation. At Wayne alone, over 70 students showed up on the 1st day of class that had not registered.

By enrollment, Wayne is still the smallest high school in the district, but many students will tell you, it doesn't feel that way.

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