Capitan students forced to take classes at elementary school

Posted at: 08/07/2013 6:52 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4



In one New Mexico district, this year high school students are being put in the elementary school with the much younger kids.

The Capitan School Superintendent said a wall will be separating the elementary school students from the high school students, but some parents say that's not enough.

Rita Dickinson has a child at the high school and middle school.  She said she’s concerned about her daughter being peer pressured.

“We try to obviously raise our kids right at the house and tell them wrong from right and smoking, and drugs, and sex and everything else so that introduces another new peer pressure to these younger kids," said Dickinson.

The renovations to the high school won’t be completed until next August.  Until then nearly two hundred high school students will take classes in the elementary school.

“It will be interesting to see how teachers are going to handle that and handle the noise from high school students being in the elementary and keeping the elementary kids focused because they’re not very focused at that age," said Dickinson.

Superintendent Shirley Crawford said they are just trying to make it work.

“You move, you make do.  If you've ever been involved in a renovation in your own home you know it makes you want to pull your hair out and you always run into things you didn’t think we’re going to happen, but we're doing our best to keep it safe and make the best of the situation," said Crawford.

The Superintendent said the district looked into buying portables for the high school students but decided to use that money for the renovations.