MARYVILLE (WATE) - The hallways at Maryville High School are once again full of students, but it's a little roomier than in years past.
Overcrowding at the school has been a problem for quite some time.
"We had a problem here where every room, and when I say room, I don't just mean classrooms, we were using faculty dining rooms, we were using library conference rooms for actual classrooms we were so overcrowded," said Assistant Principal Joe Pinkerton.
It's the first time in more than a decade there haven't been any instructors called floating teachers.
Donna Wortham used to have to share a classroom. "First and second block, I was in a small classroom space and so third and fourth block, I had to vacate that space so that another teacher could come in and teach the same subject I teach, but we just didn't have the space for both of us to have our own classrooms," she said.
The changes have made the start of school even more exciting than usual.
"I always laugh at the number of teachers that tell me they can't sleep before the first day of school. And you know, you've been teaching for 30 years and you can't sleep, you're up early the next day. You're ready to greet the students and get back to work," Wortham said.
The school also had some renovations over the summer. The biggest one is the new heating and air system. Wortham says cooler hallways also help the entire building feel less crowded.
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