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Overcrowded Wiregrass Ranch High School looks to longer days

Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 10:04am

Wiregrass Ranch High School leaders don't really want to move to a 10-period day.

The school would need more staff and more equipment. The chances of eroding school spirit would increase.

But enrollment has far surpassed the school's capacity, with projections of only continued growth. There's no room for more portable classrooms on the campus, and all the infrastructure is maxed out. Kids even are eating lunch in makeshift spaces outside the gym, which is fine when the weather is nice, but not when it rains.

And other ideas, such as a blended home-school offering or interim new attendance zones, haven't resonated.

So the 10-period day appears to be the solution until a new school can open in 2017. The School Board has given its informal approval for principal Robyn White to move ahead with planning, which will begin right away.

Read our story here for more details. And check out the district's presentation for how the model is shaping up.