by Stephanie Eaton
The Platte County R-3 School Board got a lesson in the district's growth management plan.
According to Platte County R-3 School Superintendent Dr. Mike Reik, the plan was to help the board begin discussion on what they hoped to see when it came to managing the school system's growth in the years to come.
During Thursday’s board meeting with a growth management plan, Reik told board members that the school system is facing continued growth and something needs to be done to address those issues.
Reik also said one way to address the growth is by building a new elementary school. He said the new school would allow for the closure of Rising Star and the annexation of the Paxton building by Platte County High School.
According to Reik, the school system was 103 students over “functional” capacity during the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, the school system is 217 students over functional capacity at the beginning of 2014-2015 school year. However, Reik said the numbers are changing daily.
Reik said his main areas of concern were Pathfinder Elementary, Barry School and Platte County High School. For more on story.