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THREE-FOURTHS OF SCHOOLS EXCEEDING CAPACITY

Although enrollment in the Williamsville Central School District is up only slightly this year, about three-fourths of the district's 13 schools are exceeding their program capacity levels, some by large margins, according to new district figures.

Preliminary figures show that total enrollment in the district is up by seven this fall, to a total of 10,625.

But in nine of the district's schools -- including all three high schools, three out of four middle schools and three out of six elementary schools -- classrooms continue to exceed their capacity levels for academic programs, the figures show.

Program capacity is a measure used by school districts to determine the number of students that can be accommodated in each program, or class, offered by a school, district spokeswoman Jacqueline Paone said.

Henry Peters, assistant superintendent for education and student services, said preliminary figures show that Country Parkway Elementary School is 74 pupils above a program capacity of 717; Transit Middle School is 161 over a program capacity of 950; and Williamsville East, North and South High Schools are respectively 113, 61, and 129 above their capacity levels.

Overall, district schools have a total program capacity of 10,339 students, according to district figures.

Program capacity is not related to building capacity, which is a safety standard usually set by the Fire Department, Ms. Paone said.

The district is not exceeding Fire Department capacity levels in any of its buildings, she said.

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