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The Southeast Polk school district is facing a different challenge - how to deal with an influx of new students.

The district is holding a hearing on proposed changes to the boundaries of eight elementary schools, Monday evening.

It could mean 400 students will head to a new school next year.

Most of the major planned changes are happening in the northwest side of the district.  Delaware Elementary has the largest population and would experience the biggest impact from this change.

More than 150 students would move from Delaware to Clay Elementary.

“The reality is that as we go down the road we`ll be over capacity at Delaware and we do need to do something, but it will be a hard thing for myself and the staff and all school personnel to lose any kids because you form a bond with these kids so that will be tough,” Delaware Elementary principal, Kevin Walker said.

The Southeast Polk school district is the fifth fastest growing district in the state. Officials say the district is growing a lot due to new developments in particular along Hubbell Avenue.

Officials believe this proposal would make the best use of available space, but are quick to point out that this is a proposal and a lot could change depending on what kind of feedback they get.

Parents will have other opportunities to share their thoughts next week during parent-teacher conferences and in an online forum. The planning committee will make their recommendation to the school board in April.

Boundary changes could go into effect as early as this fall.