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SoPo schools see more homeless students

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland schools have seen a large increase in the number of homeless students. Meanwhile, there's been a decrease in Portland city schools.

The Portland Press Herald reports Portland's family shelter regularly used the Maine Motel on Route 1 in South Portland for temporary housing is one of the causes. That produced a total of 61 additional students for several weeks until families were placed in apartments.

Since July 1, South Portland schools have enrolled 107 students who were considered homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, said Assistant Superintendent Kathryn Germani. That's a 74 student increase from 2013-14.

Unlike previous years, the homeless student population increased through February. It usually tends to level off during the fall. Most of the increase this year was temporary and came from students who lived outside the district.

Germani said, but the district did its best to welcome the students and meet their needs, but it was challenging.

Read more at the Portland Press Herald's website.


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