Liberty takes necessary precautions for incoming growth

Tina Bardot, Staff Writer

It is 7:20 A.M. and the first bell has just rung. A thousand students begin to move  towards their first period, with placid expressions and a groggy pace. The hallways fill up with this infinite sea of people, preventing any attempt to move faster than the herd. Next year, the “sea” is going to get even bigger.
The 2017-2018 school year may pose challenges in regards to the already limited space at Liberty, as there will be an increase of nearly 100 kids to be enrolled at Liberty next school year. While Liberty will lose nearly 300 seniors at graduation, it will gain 400 freshmen next year.
The growth in class sizes will probably result in an increase in portables and additional teachers to educate students.
With more students at Maywood then there are at Liberty, this school is bound to continue growing for the next few years, meaning that there will be an increase in number of teachers and number of portables.
Along with the necessary change in classroom setups, Liberty is at risk of experiencing some change in terms of the students’ ability to interact with one another while it shifts to a larger student body.
“An important part is how to make the school keep the same culture and tone and feel that it’s at as a smaller school, which is one of the things that I really enjoy about our school, because it is more close and it’s a warmer environment with smaller staff, smaller student body.” Martin said, “There is so much cross interest in our school and that is a huge value, and I hope to maintain that as a core part of who we are.”
As the school grows, Martin says, it will be harder to maintain this feeling of a tight-knit community, but it will not be impossible.
“From freshman orientation, especially in the past few years, we have been trying to make sure that they get that sense, and that they know that this is what we’re all about, this is what it means to be at Liberty, and to emphasize that from the beginning is really important, and it’s what we’re going to keep trying to do,” Martin said.