• Update: December 10, 2019

    The Superintendent provided a report to the Board of Education based on feedback from the community. It is only seven minutes long and can be viewed online. Or, you can download the presentation.

    The last ten years have seen an increase in resident student enrollment by more than 1,000 resident students, which is comparable to two elementary schools. To help us think creatively about addressing classroom space issues due to this enrollment increase, we consulted with a national firm.

    The facilitators from this firm toured our schools, reviewed our practices and enrollment projections based on a study conducted by Dr. Charles Kofron and presented to the KSD BOE on August 19, 2019. The firm developed six options to address our facility challenges. Those options were discussed with students, staff, parents and community members using a focus group model. An additional option was created as a result of a focus group discussion, totaling seven options. 

    The seven options, along with feedback from the focus groups, were then reviewed by our principals and district-level administrators through the lens of best practices in education. The options were narrowed down to three scenarios, which are outlined to the left. The scenarios also include proposed solutions for security, a gymnasium and library at Tillman Elementary, and other facility needs across the District.

    We requested input on the three options to assist in prioritizing what is most important to our community. We collected this information using a tool called Thoughtexchange, an online engagement software. The report from this process is available online

    We heard the following messages:

    • Clear message NOT to move 5th grade to middle schools.
    • Clear message to NOT to increase class sizes.
    • Safe and secure entrances should be provided to all schools.
    • General preference not to change elementary school attendance areas, (but not an overwhelming majority.)
    • Some input regarding ensuring more equitable racial/socio-economic demographic among schools
    • Some input to address Tillman split to middle schools.
    • Prefer not to increase taxes.

     

    Based on all the feedback, two options were developed.

     

    Green Option

    • Build K-5 Elementary school on Dougherty Ferry and Lindeman site
    • Construct Gym and Library at Tillman Elementary School
    • Construct secure entrances at Kirkwood Early Childhood Center, North Glendale, Kirkwood High School
    • Add/renovate 7 classrooms at Kirkwood High School
    • Construct 4 classrooms at Nipher Middle School
    • Convert Administrative Center to provide classrooms for North Kirkwood Middle School
    • Renovate Hough, the Warehouse and rebuild the Barn, adding offices for Administrative Services

     

    Blue Option

    • Add on to Westchester, Keysor, Robinson Elementary Schools
    • Add on to Nipher and convert Administrative Services Center to classrooms for North Kirkwood Middle School
    • Explore adding classrooms at KHS
    • Construct secure entrances at Kirkwood Early Childhood Center, North Glendale, Kirkwood High School
    • Construct Gym and Library at Tillman Elementary
    • Seek retail space or potential partnerships to locate Administrative Services Center 

    We are using a proactive approach to address projected capacity issues. Projections from a demographer indicate we will increase by 516 students, or 9 percent, by the 2024-25 school year. 

    The following highlights current capacity and projected capacity for the 2023-24 school year.

    Keysor is at 99% capacity, projected to be at 119%
    North Glendale is at 93%, projected to be at 92%
    Robinson is at 90%, projected to be at 102%
    Tillman is at 81%, projected to be at 83%
    Westchester is at 100%, projected to be at 109%
    Nipher Middle is at 92%, projected to be 90%
    North Kirkwood Middle is at 86%, projected to be 106%
    KHS is at 99%, projected to be 107% 

    Utilization Map 2019-20

    Utilization Study 2020-21  

    Utilization Map 2022-23 school year

    School Utilization 2023-24

Last Modified on February 9, 2020