The discussion on how to accommodate more students in School District 93 has been going on for years.
The District is trying to find a solution for its current overcrowding issue but they are also looking at future numbers to avoid a repeat of the current problem.
Today Bonneville School District is projecting a total bonding need of more than $230 million by the year 2030. According to current projections, in 25 years ten thousand more students will need seats in a classroom.
“There’s so much growth happening in this area,” says District 93 Board Chairman Brian McBride. “It shows that there are people that are interested in what we have to offer. Growth is a great thing…it’s a great problem to have.”
While growing our area is a positive thing, with that growth comes more and more students moving into the district. Board members for District 93 are looking at how to accommodate the growing numbers.
“The conservative approach is that we look at the number of students that are in our kindergarten, first, second grade classes and say we know at the very minimum we need to have seats for those students,” says Assistant Superintendent Scott Woolstenhulme.
What the district is more concerned with is how many more families and students may move into the area in the future.
“We might need to be planning 5500 to 6,000 students in 20 years,” says Woolstenhulme.
The board says if they don’t consider now how to address that growth they would just be looking at options that will not be viable for the future. They hope everyone will see the need.
“We want the community to be as excited about the growth that is happening with the business as we are with people bringing good people in who are willing to invest in our community,” says McBride.
Tonight at the District 93 board meeting a decision will be made on a proposed high school that will be on the November ballot.
We want you to be a part of the conversation by posting questions on our Facebook page. Your question might be answered by the district representative live on Newsline tonight at 10:35 p.m.