Student surge at Timberline leaves some without a seat

BOISE - Timberline High School in southeast Boise is feeling some growing pains.

The school's enrollment is up 75 students from last year and a backlog in ordering left some without a place to sit this week.

Timberline is not alone when it comes to a growing student population.

Districts across southern Idaho including West Ada and Twin Falls also reported an enrollment increase of about 3 percent on average.

Accommodating these new students, can be challenging.

Timberline High saw that firsthand last week when 75 new students started at the school this year -- 70 of those in the sophomore class.

A vendor backlog meant the school year started without enough desks for every student.

“Last spring we ordered new desks in anticipation of some growth and unfortunately due to vendor issues those desks were late in arriving,” said Dan Hollar, Boise School District spokesman.

Boise Schools said the shipment of 100 new desks has finally arrived and they have been distributed to classrooms.

The district is also busy addressing staffing issues at Timberline, which it says is not uncommon at the beginning of the school year, especially when there is an increase in students.

Boise Schools said it has already purchased land in southwest Boise in anticipation of further growth in the future.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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