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Tonight the Sherrard School Board meets to try to find a way to deal with overcrowding. The district says Sherrard Elementary has an extra 50 students, and they want to re-organize who goes to what schools.

"Right now, we're at capacity," Winola Elementary Principal Egan Colbrese says.

The school board has narrowed it down to three options to solve the problem: splitting the elementary school students between Sherrard and Winola Elementary Schools, with Sherrard getting all preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students, and Winola getting second, third, and fourth graders. Other options include bussing the district's 40 preschool students to Winola Elementary or Matherville Intermediate, each about a 20 minute drive away.

"It'd be harder because I'd have to drive to Viola to pick him up rather than Sherrard. If he has a doctor's appointment I only live a mile down the road so it's easier for him to be here rather than way in Viola," Amanda Walsh, whose son goes to Sherrard Elementary, says.

"We live five minutes away from the school now and it'd be like a 25 minute ride from the bus," Michelle Morris, whose children also go to Sherrard Elementary, says.

School officials say they're looking into every option possible, but with such a large district covering over 10 different communities long bus routes are unavoidable.

"Kids are getting bussed. When you live in a rural district, you deal with the bus," Colbrese says, "We work really hard to make sure we stay within an hour so they're not on the bus any longer than 60 minutes."

But with stops and the upcoming winter weather, parents are still concerned.

"Especially in the winter time, the roads aren't that good," Morris says, "We live out in the country, we're not plowed as often and it makes it treacherous for the driver and the kids."

The options will be presented to the school board Wednesday night with a decision coming down as early as December 21st.

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