Changes coming to Bakersfield City School District

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Changes are coming to the Bakersfield City School District that will alleviate overcrowding.

The school board approved plans for a new campus in Southeast Bakersfield.

The new school will be built near Cottonwood Road and E. Belle Terrace. The campus will have roughly 900 students in transitional kindergarten through 6th grade, with a focus on STEAM education. 

On Tuesday night, the school board approved plans to submit to the state. Officials say the earliest the new school could open is 2019. They do not have an official name for the campus, according to BCSD. 

Trustees also approved a change to Pauly Elementary School that will have students stay on campus an extra year.

Right now, the students attend school through fifth grade and then go to Sequoia Middle School. Beginning next fall, Pauly will become a pre-K through 6th Grade campus. 

With the change, more than 100 fifth graders will stay at Pauly an extra year. 

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