Enrollment and capacity studies presented at Jan. 9 School Board meeting

Enrollment expected to grow; buildings either close to, or slightly above, capacity

As part of the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting, educational consultant Dr. Paul Seversky presented the enrollment projections and building capacity studies that he completed for the district this past summer and fall.

These documents will help inform the district’s future planning, including facilities improvements and discussions about school configuration. The studies are available at the links below. Dr. Seversky also prepared the following document that highlights significant points from the studies:

The enrollment projection study details low-, mid- and high-range enrollment scenarios for each level over the next several years. Even in the most conservative estimates, enrollment would increase at each level, according to the study.

The building capacity analysis provides a breakdown of the classrooms and spaces in each school and how they are being used. The study compares enrollment with the capacity of each building based on district class size targets.

Based on this year’s enrollment, the elementary schools are at 95 percent capacity overall; the middle schools are at 90 percent capacity overall and the high school is slightly above capacity.

A number of program planning efforts are underway in the district with implications for programs and facilities.

For example, last year’s Science and Engineering Technology Program Review identified the need for open spaces for hands-on learning, such as makerspaces and labs, at the elementary and middle school levels.

Additionally, a five-year capital plan that outlines facility needs is also being completed.

Members of the school community are encouraged to look for additional opportunities to engage in future planning discussions in the coming months.

Links to the Studies

If you are unable to access the above documents, please contact the District Communications Office at communications@niskyschools.org or (518) 377-4666, ext. 50707 to have a hard copy or electronic version provided to you.