Five additional classrooms may be built on the second floor of the Lorain County JVS.
The vocational school’s board of education has approved a measure seeking a request for qualifications for architectural services to expand the area.
The plan is to use it for additional ninth and 10th grade classrooms.
Deputy superintendent Jerry Pavlik said the JVS roughly doubled its number of freshmen and sophomores this year.
The school had roughly 80 ninth and 10th graders in 2014 and this year there are about 151 students, he said.
“We’re hoping to increase that next year,” Pavlik said.
However, the problem the vocational school is running into is a lack of classroom space for the new students.
“To really provide for them the correct services and for them to be successful we really need to look at making some designated places for them,” Pavlik said. “This whole thing is part of our three-year facilities master plan. This is something that has been discussed for quite a while.”
The area the school is looking to expand to is above its E wing, which is currently vacant.
Pavlik said the second floor area measures 15,000 square feet. Educators are looking to build five more classrooms.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.