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Overcrowding means not enough classrooms for teachers at Grant High School

OKLAHOMA CITY– Many Oklahoma City Schools are busting at the seams because there is not enough space to accommodate all the students and teachers on the south side.

The district wasn’t anticipating this problem, but student enrollment has been going up these past couple of years and it’s gotten so bad at U.S. Grant High School that there is not enough desks and classrooms.

“Basically I push this cart to everyone of my classes,” said Donoghue. “I have five different classes everyday.”

Shannon Donoghue is someone you would call a traveling teacher at U.S. Grant High School.

“I don’t have my own classroom everything is on my cart,” said Donoghue. “My books, my supplies so I’m limited.”

It’s been a challenge for Donoghue and 25 other teachers.

They are forced to pack up and move from classroom to classroom at the start of the bell because they don’t have a room to call their own.

Donaghue stated, “If I want a student to come in to make up work, they can’t. I don’t have a room for them to come to I’m not able to do that i have to make all that accommodations.”

Principal Clay Vinyard understand the frustration.

Vinyard say the population boom on the south side really threw the district off.

He said, “I don’t think they could have seen it you know at the very beginning, but i do know at the last several years we have seen the trend and we did know that it was coming.”

U.S. Grant High School is not the only one dealing with overcrowding.

The district points out that some students at Capital Hill, on the south side of town, will be asked to move to Douglas, which is on the north side.

This will add more time onto the children’s commute to school, about ten minutes.

It is all part of a proposed plan to redraw the boundary lines.

Students from five elementary schools like Wheeler and Rockwood could also end up at new schools.

Vinyard stated “I do think it’s a good idea by enabling teachers to have their own classrooms it will increase the quality of education they’re receiving in those classrooms.”