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Grove High School sees jump in student enrollment

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Schools in Grove, Oklahoma are experiencing a large increase in students, with 60 new juniors added this year alone.

Assistant Principal Bobby Kreutz says Grove High School is currently busting at the seams this year after 100 new students were added to his roster.

Kreutz says the school is dealing with the growing student body by utilizing previous storage spaces for classrooms and adding two new teachers.

"We have had some faculty changes in terms of the size just growing, one of them was actually just hired a few weeks ago and that was because we got back and all of a sudden here comes all of these students, here comes all of these students.

Grove High School couldn't give a specific reason for the increase, saying it's several factors coming together to create a perfect storm for admissions.

"They're really good students," says Kreutz.  "We have some doctors moving into the community.  We have some students who are moving here from other areas of the country for whatever reason, but I wouldn't say there is one specific reason that I can attribute it to."

Grove City Manager Bruce Johnson says expansions to the hospital in part has helped the city's job growth over the past three years.

"We have grown our job base by well over 300, including the additions at the Integris Grove Hospital, and also we've had an industrial facility of extreme power move into town," says Johnson.

Kreutz says Grove High School could accept at least 50 more students before beginning to worry about running out of room.  He also says it has some positives, such as maintain a 5A class in their sports department.

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