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Study estimates major enrollment growth over next decade in West Clark Community Schools

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CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A new study predicts West Clark Community Schools could see thousands of new students.

West Clark Superintendent Chad Schenck said the district needs to expand and renovate existing buildings to keep up with the building boom in the area.

He said a study from the Building and Development Association of Southern Indiana shows more than 2,100 additional students could be in the district over the next eight years.

The school board approved putting a $95 million  referendum on the ballot to expand and renovate its existing schools, including a project to more than double the capacity of Silver Creek High School.

"We want to showcase all of our campuses, so we do have some work that's gonna be done at Borden's campus, which is a K-12 campus, and we also see the need for some science labs, some special education areas, some additional space being added," Schenck said.

Even if Schenck's estimate is only half accurate, the district said it doesn't have enough classrooms or desks to accommodate every student.

"If that's the case, than Silver Creek campus schools are gonna receive anywhere from five to 600 students," he said.  

Voters will decide on the $95 million referendum this November.

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