Military presence spikes Okaloosa student populations (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 02:11 PM.

"We have a science lab that we use for elementary and middle school, and that may have to become a classroom," Shipp said. "We hate to lose that, because that is something we worked hard to build up, which is ironic because as our numbers grow, we will need that computer lab more and more."

Administrators believe the school district will help find solutions for the overflow.

"I think the district's trying to look ahead and plan for that, so hopefully an action will be taken so that we can free up some space," Shipp said.

Meanwhile, Baker’s curriculum is expanding to include culinary arts, a welding class and a childcare program in which students can earn a Child Development Associate credentials.

Laurel Hill School

Military influx had no noticeable effect on Laurel Hill School’s population, principal Susan Lowery-Sexton said.

"Our student population has been stable for the past seven years," she said. "We usually have around 450 students."

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