Hempstead school board addresses overcrowding, massive influx of students
Hempstead school officials addressed the issue of overcrowded classes during a board meeting Thursday night.
As News 12 has reported, school officials say, on average, 100 new students enrolled every day since the beginning of the school year. Some classrooms have as many as 50 students.
Earlier this week, a hearing held by state Assembly members revealed that unaccompanied immigrant children who have crossed the border illegally are flooding into the Hempstead School District.
Hempstead junior Sardis Anang says his zoology class is packed with 60 students. He says there are not enough desks to go around, so he's forced to sit on the floor and use his lap to write on.
School Board President Lamont Johnson says they are looking at leasing three buildings to accommodate the influx of students. He says the district plans to ask the state and federal government for funds to help lease the space.