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Albert Lea Schools are reconfiguring

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Albert Lea School District is re-configuring where to put some of its students for the upcoming academic year, and it's not due to budget cuts. The district's elementary schools are becoming overcrowded.

Three of the four elementary schools are crowded.

"We've got an art class being taught in a cafeteria. We've got multiple special ed teachers sharing a classroom together," explained superintendent, Mike Funk.

The district is looking at different solutions to fix the problem. They're considering moving all of the district's kindergartners or sixth graders to Brookside School.

Currently, Brookside houses ECFE, pre-school programs, an alternative school and the district offices.

The move would require some remodeling and could cost the district up to $50,000 to re-route the buses. Superintendent Funk explains a more reasonable solution:

"What we're looking at doing is taking our sixth graders and moving them to our middle school, and then taking our eighth graders in our middle school and moving them to the high school."

There are 1400 lockers at the high school and only 930 of them are being used. Albert Lea High School principal, Alan Root, said the re-configuration could be beneficial.

"If they probably had their choice, high school kids would rather not have the eighth graders in the building. I also think they serve as role models and one of the things we're finding is that they can be very important in helping other students mature a little more," said Root.

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