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Yearly increased enrollment causes overcrowding at Parkdale

This school year Parkdale feels like it’s been way more packed than usual. The lunches and the hallway that connects with the annex breezeway and the main building show how crowded it is.

Roughly 2,353 students attend Parkdale and over 800 are freshmen, but for many students, it feels like it has surpassed that number. Even with the new temporary classrooms being put together to help the situation inside, it still feels like a pack of sardines in classes, hallways and at lunch tables alike.

The busiest intersection is where the 260 hallway meets the annex breezeway. Teachers, especially floaters, and students suffer the most. The main teachers who witness the traffic are art teachers Mr. Chinkota, whose classroom is Room 266 and Mrs. Jarvis-Garay in Room 265.

“It impacts everybody because we have more people,” said Mr. Chinkota. “It’s going to take longer for people to go to class.”

For students, having lockers within the area of the busiewt intersections can also cause a traffic jam since people need to stop and get stuff from their locker or wait until students are out of their way so that they can get what they need for the next class.

“I have Spanish class in room 261 and Art 2 in room 266,” said senior Magalis Cruz. “That hallway always seems crowded where it’s a struggle to get past everyone.”

Crowded hallways are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the overcrowding in Parkdale.  Each teacher is supposed to have a maximum of thirty students per class, a proposition started by PGCPS CEO Dr. Goldson, but some teachers have forty or more students in a class. This can result in a lack of textbooks or other supplies for the class.

According to greatschools.org, an ideal classroom should be divided depending on the number of students and teachers,  but it’s been proven that having a class size of 20 students is better to help the student focus more add and also have one-on-one time with the teacher to help them.

Even when there is more overcrowding this school year, there are some teachers whose class sizes do not reach the 30-student cap.  Since enrollment continues to rise year-to-year, perhaps the solution to controlling the overcrowding in the hallways is having more security.

“Mr. Waston is starting to be there and that helps a lot,” said Mrs.Jarvis-Garay. “The problem is usually when he’s not there.”

It’s no doubt that Parkdale is overcrowded and that it affects classes just as much as hallways. This is an issue that is trying to be resolved with having new temporary buildings and trying to rearrange classrooms to help students in the future.