Laramie County School District 1 Superintendent Mark Stock says the district continues to face a challenge in finding adequate space for district classes and programs. Stock says one common misconception is that such problems could be solved simply by moving all 6th grade classes into the district's Junior High Schools. Stock says those schools barely have enough space to hold the grades already housed in them.

For example, Stock says Johnson currently has only 50 students fewer than it housed when three grades were based there--and currently Johnson houses only 7th and 8th grade classes. Stock says one reason the problem is likely to be on-going is that even when new schools are being built--such as the new Prairie Wind Elementary School north of Cheyenne--by the time the construction process is completed, the district's enrollment has grown.