First day of school in Fayette County sees crowded schools

Fayette County School officials say the number of students they are seeing continues to grow.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's the first day of school in Fayette County and school leaders say they are dealing with some overcrowding but expect the day to go smoothly.

"She kept saying 'Mommy, who is going to sit beside me in class, what am i going to wear?'" said Karen McCloud who dropped off her daughter at Liberty Elementary.

School leaders say with more than 40,000 students they are concerned with where they're going to put them all.

"We expected our growth to level out to one, one and a half percent this year, and we're bursting at the seams," said Superintendent Tom Shelton.

Shelton says the school system has seen growth for five straight years. This year the only new facility was the STEAM Academy, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. 150 freshman will be going there.

Shelton says every school in the east end of the county is full.

"We're having to figure out what our next options are because that wasn't expected

With school buses back on the road police say they want to remind people that it's illegal to pass a bus when it's stopped to let kids on or off. They say if an officer sees that happening they will write a ticket.

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