The Halifax Regional School Board will review the boundaries of six elementary and junior high schools in Bedford to ease the overcrowding at Bedford South.

The decision could affect where hundreds of children go to school next September.

Bedford South was built to hold 540 students, but there are currently 721. The school, for Primary to Grade 9 students, has three portable classrooms.

There are lineups for the washrooms.

"There's lots of overcrowding issues that affect the students," said Robert Wooden, head of the school advisory committee.

The Ravines and Bedford West subdivisions are growing fast, which means more students at the school in the future. So the board agreed to look at which schools could take more students.

Schools up for boundary review:

  • Bedford South
  • Basinview Drive Community
  • Sunnyside Elementary
  • Kingswood Elementary
  • Madeline Symonds Middle
  • Bedford Junior High

"We will do everything we can to take a look in that area and do whatever we can for students in your school," board chairman Irvine Carvery told Wooden.

The six schools up for boundary review are in the CP Allen family of schools. Hammonds Plains is not on the list because it's full.

One school — Basinview — has extra space.

"It won't be a happy process. Change of where your child goes to school is a big change. But quite frankly, the numbers speak for themselves. You and I are paying for portables where in other places there are empty classrooms," said Wooden.

Overall, enrolment at the school board is down by 700 students this year.

The new school boundaries are expected to be in place next fall.