Attendance Area Impact
The District is in the midst of substantial student growth. While this positive development is exciting, the rapid growth creates challenges in terms of ensuring adequate educational space exists for each student’s learning. Over the last 4 years, the District’s student population has increased by an average of 302 students per year. Given the District’s current elementary building size, the District has been adding the equivalent of one half of an elementary school worth of students a year.
Based on the DeJong Ritcher Enrollment Projections, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. It is projected that the District’s enrollment will increase by approximately 1,700 students by the 2024-2025 school year; an average increase of 250 students per year. The District currently addresses capacity concerns through the utilization of modular classrooms. However, this is not an adequate long term solution. Additional classroom space must be realized to accommodate the District’s expected enrollment growth.
A primary goal of the Facilities Master Plan (FMP) is creating equitable learning environments for all students. In order to reach this benchmark, the District must strike a delicate balance among the competing interests inherent in the FMP. However, balance does not necessarily mean equal, and equal does not necessarily mean equitable. In creating balance throughout the plan, the District considered numerous factors: teaching and learning impact, enrollment growth and capacity needs, fiscal resources, project location, student movement, and construction timelines. Plus, this balance must be created within the District’s current physical and geographical limitations.