KHSD discusses possible locations for Lamont high school

The Kern High School District Board of Trustees meets Tuesday night, Sept. 5, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern High School District says building a school in the Lamont area could be a challenge.

The Board of Trustees and real estate agents are currently looking into locations.

But the southeast part of the valley has flood plains and other obstacles that make construction of a new school difficult.

Students in Lamont currently attend Arvin High School and face long commutes and overcrowding. Students from Arvin High School spoke out in the meeting and said sometimes they don't get lunch because of long lines, and others don't have a place to sit on the bus.

The district is looking for solutions to these issues. Right now, the district has portable classrooms to help with overcrowding.

Matthew Guinn, director of Business Administration for the district, said building a new school is tough, and it will take time.

Another challenge that the district faces is that in order to open a high school, there needs to be a minimum of 2,000 students. But, funding is the main concern.

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