LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Population numbers taken from the third full day of classes for Fayette County Schools show a surge in students similar to what the district's seen over the past five years.
Eight schools are overcrowded, including Paul Dunbar High School and Henry Clay High School as well as Tates Creek Middle School.
A big example of this overcrowding is at Liberty Elementary School, which has 850 students compared to Morton Middle, which has 733.
Typically middle schools have more students than elementary.
The district's Chief Operating Officer, Mary Wright, says while overcrowding is a reality, there's still a ratio of students to teachers the schools must maintain in order to keep class sizes small.
"I've had to float teachers, so, we're trying to be efficient," said Wright.
In addition to five new schools that are planned, including three elementary, one middle and one high school, the district's using portable classrooms in the meantime.
"We have them in the elementary and middle, anywhere there's a concentrated population increase," she said.
The district says the population increase isn't slowing down any time soon, with long range projections indicating six more years of steady growth.