WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - The Palm Beach County School District now knows how overcrowded its schools are.
Classrooms are overcrowded by nearly 20 percent more students than they should be.
That's according to numbers released by the school district chief financial officer Monday night.
Parents like Jamie Whiteheart wish the district could do something more.
"I think they need to really dig a little deeper, dive a little harder on the compliance issues, try to accommodate," said Whiteheart.
But state regulations set strict guidelines for classroom sizes.
Since Palm Beach County schools likely won't meet the guidelines. District administrators estimate county schools will lose upwards of 3.8 million dollars in state funding.
District leaders knew they would be out of compliance weeks ago, but now have a better idea of how to move forward.
A district spokesman tells WPTV NewsChannel 5, “The school district now has numbers we can work with and we see what we're up against. We've done whatever we can to stay within compliance.”
Class overcrowding could mean busing students to other nearby schools.
Some parents aren't supporting that idea.
Indalecio Lopez has a daughter in the school district and said, "None of us as parents wants to see our kids shipped away from their environment."
The school district could lose out on as much as $15.1 million in state funding next year.
The administration has to create a plan on how it will bring class sizes within compliance by next school year to limit the penalty to only $3.8 million.
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