Springfield schools reported as under capacity

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield public school officials are questioning whether Illinois' capital city has too many schools.

Springfield's public school district is the fourth largest in the state, with just over 15,000 students and 32 schools.  However, only three of those schools are located on the city's far west side, which has seen population growth in recent years.  Twenty-three of the district's schools have also been reported as under capacity this year.

Experts say heating and cooling all 32 buildings is inefficient, but consolidating schools could be one of the more contentious issues the community can face.  Springfield school board members, administrators, and other officials may talk about the issue later this year.

Two schools were closed last year, saving the district $245,000.

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