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Orange agrees to address lack of high school science labs quickly
Based on current standards, the capacity of the high school is 1,531 students. The current enrollment is 1,514 students, but it is expected to rise to 1,531 next year and continue to grow to 1,592 in 2016-17.
The School Board has been pushing to improve the career and technical education program, which offers job training for students not planning to attend college while helping solve the overcrowding issue.
One idea is to build a two-story, 21,000-square-foot addition to the high school to handle those classes. Another is to create a separate CTE facility.
The addition would cost around $5.6 million and boost capacity to 1,779. The separate CTE facility would cost $15.3 million and create a combined capacity of more than 2,000 between it and the high school.
The two boards will meet again Oct. 9 to continue discussions.