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04/07/08- Longview

$266 Million Longview ISD Bond Would Improve Elementary Campuses

Overcrowding is a concern at most schools. But, Valley View elementary school principal Melinda Anderson says, for them, it's a constant problem.

 "We have 519 students on roll and we probably overflow or transfer over 100 students that belong to our campus because we don't have classrooms to put them in," said Anderson

To try to make room the district brought in four portable classrooms. Some other concerns is that  Valley View has no gym and then there are the physical dimensions of the property. The state recommends 12 to 15 acres of land for a school. Valley View has four acres and all of our access is through city streets and that really causes a problem with traffic flow.

 Traffic flow isn't just a problem for Valley View Elementary.

At Mozelle Johnston Elementary the campus is close to the road, which  brings up another concern. "We have very busy roads that's in front of our campus as well as the woods that are to the back of us and our concern is one of safety more than anything," said principal Sarah Sheppard.

Most of the time Mozelle Johnston students have to go outside when walking from class to class. Many classrooms like the science lab don't have running water.

"Our students when they have to go to the restroom they have to come outside. So, no matter what the weather is, anywhere on campus they travel outside in the elements," said Sheppard. 

Ultimately, Longview voters will decide if the $266 million is the right bond package

Early voting for the May 10th election begins April 28th.

 LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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