The rapid population growth of the community has added 1,400 students since 2014 and is projected to add another 1,760 students by 2024. To put this into perspective, this equates to an additional 55% student enrollment increase between now and 2024. This is the equivalent to adding the total enrollment of Hockinson School District to Ridgefield School District!
Our elementary schools will be over student capacity.Crowded classroom conditions not only make it difficult for students to concentrate on their lessons, but inevitably limit the amount of time teachers can spend on innovative teaching methods, such as cooperative learning and group work or teaching anything beyond the barest minimum of required material.In addition, because teachers must constantly struggle simply to maintain order in an overcrowded classroom, the likelihood increases that they will suffer from burnout earlier than might otherwise be the case. - US Department of Education
Vocational education programs will suffer without updated facilities and equipment to properly train our students. Why do companies struggle to find the right talent, despite the fact that we have never been better educated as a society?It all points to a major mismatch between the skills our students are being taught and it’s relevance to the employment market. - Forbes Many play areas will be reduced or eliminated to make room for portables classrooms.The science shows pretty clearly that taking those breaks in the day makes students better able to encode memory and learn and perform academically. There’s a lot on the table in terms of the child’s health, well being and academic success.But just as critical to cognitive improvement, recess also is crucial to developing social and communication skills picked up on the playground – lessons that usually don’t get taught inside a classroom. Recess is the only place in school, maybe the only place in their social life, where kids have the opportunity to develop social skills with their peers.- American Academy of Pediatrics
If the bond does not pass, the district will need to find alternatives. Possible strategies include:
PORTABLES – Housing students in temporary structures There is not enough physical space on school property to accommodate this number of portable classrooms.
PROGRAMS – Select programs for reduction or elimination in order to accommodate enrollment demands
Spaces dedicated to programs that could be repurposed
• Black Box Theater
• Performing Arts Center • Commons
• Multi-Purpose Room
SCHEDULE – Look at alternative school day schedules to maximize use of facilities
Alternative schedules that could accommodate student enrollment
• Double shift schools – morning and afternoon/evening shifts
• Explore space with adjacent Districts – Adjacent Districts are also working to address their own enrollment demands, excess space does not exist.
• Adjust attendance boundaries – The issue is that RSD has enrollment issues across all schools and all grade levels.