Surplus of enrollment for brand new Belgrade school
School starts in just a few weeks for students in the Gallatin Valley, and one group of parents in the Belgrade area still do not know where their child will be starting kindergarten. Saddle Peak Elementary in Belgrade has not even opened its doors to students and the kindergarten class is already over capacity by 27 students.
We got a first hand look at the brand new school on Tuesday with Superintendent Candy Lubansky. She tells us students that live in the neighborhood Valley Grove may be moved to Heck/Qua Elementary, but again nothing has been finalized.
We asked her with just weeks to go how soon they are going to make a decision about the changes to school boundaries. Lubansky says they hope to have a firm recommendation to the Belgrade School Board by Friday. They hope to speak with parents about the final decision within days of it being made.
Lubansky says they could not have predicted they would be in a situation like this, but tells us it has been one of the busiest summers for school registrations she has seen in a long time.
“Our community is growing so quickly, and we know that one of our values is that we wanted to establish smaller elementaries, 500 students or less. We did not want big 800 to 900 student elementaries,” said Lubansky.
Lubansky also says Ridgeview Elementary in Belgrade is also at full capacity. However Heck/Qua does have room for one more classroom. She tells us they understand parents’ concern and will try to make this as least disruptive of a process as they can. NBC Montana will continue to follow what happens with these changes and bring you the latest developments.