Mill Creek Elementary educators make plan to accommodate students as they wait for portable classroom delivery

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison City Schools just keeps growing. District leaders plan on welcoming around 10,000 students back to school on Wednesday morning.

"They've got tremendous growth because there's a lot of new subdivisions right around this area," Assistant Superintendent Robby Parker said.

To accommodate the growing numbers, Mill Creek Elementary educators are using portable classrooms this year. However, those have not been delivered yet. Four portable units will be placed on the lawn, just outside an entrance on the left side of the building. But, they have not been delivered yet.

"That's not something that happens in a day, you can't just go and get something and put students in it," Parker said. "Once they come in, we've got to do some prep work so we think in the next five to 10 days they'll be ready."

Until the classrooms are delivered and prepared, two classes will meet in the media center and two will meet in the adaptive physical education room.

"Miss Buchanan and her staff have done a great job of utilizing every space they've got here," Parker said.

Second graders will fill the new units. Madison officials want to calm any concerns parents might have about the use of portables.

"If there's ever bad weather, well the students come inside, no different than any other student in any classroom," Parker explained. "We've had portables at every single elementary school in our city because of tremendous growth."

Parker said the delay in delivery is because the Alabama Building Commission must ensure that each of the units are up to code. He said that process usually takes around three months. When the district checked on the status Monday, they were told the units have shipped.