But the school has long been crowded: Last year it had around 1,100 students and in 2010 the average class size was almost 36. That's compared to an average class size of 21 in Kanawha County as a whole.
School board president Pete Thaw, a proponent of school choice in Kanawha County, was unhappy with the outcome, but recognized the logistical challenges involved in letting students into GW.
No other schools have been deemed at or above program capacity yet, though Duerring said administrators are still looking at the number of students in those schools.
"It's going to get nasty because we wanted to try to open that school up," Thaw said. "It made me a little unhappy because why did we go to all that trouble to lift the moratorium and then have to announce that the classes are all filled?"
Thaw acknowledged, though, that the administration's hands seem to be tied.
"There's no way for us to get around it," he said.
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