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Hamilton County school leaders try to alleviate overcrowding

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Kids along Ely Road live on the same street, but they're zoned to go to different elementary schools. It's the same for those who live along Eldridge and Delashmitt roads. 

But next year, that could change. School leaders want to rezone 42 children from DuPont Elementary and have them go to Alpine Crest Elementary. 

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Dupont is over capacity by about 50 students while Alpine Crest is under capacity. 

Ben Coulter is Hamilton County Schools' Senior Demographer. He believes the move will help both schools. 

"We want our schools to be utilized somewhere in the 75-80 percent range is ideal," Coulter said. 

Coulter and other school leaders invited parents to a meeting Monday to discuss the change. 

Alison Beckham's daughter will start kindergarten at Alpine Crest in the Fall. Her family lives along one of the roads impacted by the zoning change. 

"I wanted to make sure we weren't being rezoned and if we were, where we're going to be," she said. 

Beckham's heard about overcrowding in schools before and likes the smaller class sizes Alpine Crest offers. 

"I just think the teachers can really focus their individual attention on certain kids," she added. 

Five other elementary schools in Hamilton County are over capacity forcing district leaders to find room to help alleviate pressure on students and teachers. 

"They're trying to utilize every classroom they can plus some of them are even having classes meet in the cafeteria," Coulter said. 

The proposed rezoning does not impact middle or high school students. 

Two more meetings will be held this week:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Meeting to be held at Calvin Donaldson Elementary (affects Calvin Donaldson, East Lake Elementary, Battle Academy, Brown Academy, Orchard Knob Elementary, and East Side Elementary students)

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Meeting to be held at Barger Academy (affects Barger Academy and Spring Creek Elementary students)

All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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