There are several reasons why it would not be prudent to build a 2,500 student or larger high school at this time.
- Current enrollment. A 1,500 to 1,800 student high school will accommodate our enrollment for the next 15 to 20 years. We feel confident in 15-year enrollment projections because most of those students are currently enrolled in our schools. Going beyond 15-years with growth projections becomes very risky. If the current growth trend levels off at our current enrollment of 1,000 students per grade level--the approximate enrollment of our current 1st grade and kindergarten classes--then three high schools will be adequate.
- Fiscal impact. Estimates for a 400,000 square foot, 2,5000 student high school would be $88-million to build. We do not think it would be fiscally responsible to build such a large high school that it would only be half-full when it opened. We do not believe taxpayers would support such a large high school either.