AUSTIN (KXAN) - As population growth in the Austin area continues, some parents of school-aged children are running into overcrowding issues as they sign up their little ones for the first day of class.
Five year-old Ryleigh knows who her new teacher will be.
"My teacher is nice. And I got to see my playground," enthused the auburn-haired girl after she and her mom registered her for class Thursday afternoon.
But 20 other kindergartners won't meet their teacher until next Monday, the first day of school. For example, at Purple Sage Elementary School in Austin's FM 620 and Anderson Mill area, anxious parents were told this week last minute overcrowding was the opposite of Round Rock ISD projections last spring.
"I was worried. I was worried that she wasn't going to have a teacher," said Ryleigh's mom Angela Odom. "She was going to be a class with 40 kids or something."
The district scrambled. Ultimately, this summer it had to shuffle a small percentage of its teachers, nine of 3000.
"Rest assured when parents drop off their students, they will be assigned a teacher," said JoyLynn Occhiuzzi. "We hope to not make any major changes at the beginning of the school year."
But the last minute re-jigging is representative of the region's growth. Round Rock ISD for one, had to confront this math problem: Last year, a total of 1,260 new residential homes were added to the appraisal rolls that fall in the school district's boundaries. It was the highest increase since 2008 according to Round Rock ISD budget documents.
Proof of that? One busy real estate agent in the Round Rock area said July was one of her best months, selling homes to mainly web savvy young families moving to the capital of Texas.
"They look at a number of different websites to find out who has the better schools, and they look at the commute into Austin," said June Green a top seller with a Coldwell Banker Realty office in Round Rock. "That's another thing that draws people into the Round Rock area."
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