When the Clark-Pleasant school district was worried about running out of space for high school students, it spent more than $3 million to turn the old middle school into a freshman center.
The freshman center now has empty classrooms that aren’t being used by teachers or students because the district can’t afford to hire enough teachers to staff it.
At Clark-Pleasant Middle School, 200 more students could fill the classes and hallways, interim Superintendent Becky Courtney-Knight said.
Clark-Pleasant remodeled school buildings or added space for years because of housing construction and students that were headed to the district. But due to the economy, student growth has slowed. Now the district has empty classrooms, but not at the grade levels where it is needed.