Enrollment and plans for growth
In recent years, PSD’s student population topped 30,000 and is anticipated to increase more in the coming years, highlighting the need for additional classroom space and other facilities.
In the 2018-19 school year, enrollment increased by 444 students, bringing total enrollment to 30,463. PSD’s 1.5 percent enrollment increase outpaced statewide enrollment, which increased 0.1 percent, according to state data.
PSD anticipates that enrollment will continue to grow over the next few years. See this 2017-28 Enrollment Projections Report for details. The district will most likely do another demographic/enrollment study in the next year or two.
To address growth, the district is building a new elementary school, two new middle/high schools and several district-wide facilities including an athletics complex, transportation maintenance facility and an addition to Zach Elementary.
Voters approved a bond and mill levy override in November 2016 to fund the new construction. Learn more on the 2016 Bond and Mill web page.
To address growth, PSD has installed modular classrooms at various schools to ensure all students are served appropriately. Additional modular classrooms may be added on an as-needed basis.
For more information, visit the Short-term Solutions web page.
PSD voters approved a $375 million bond to build three new schools — a new middle/high school in Wellington, and an elementary and middle/high school east of I-25 — as well as an athletic complex, transportation maintenance facility, and an addition to Zach Elementary School. The bond will also fund $40 million of improvements to every existing school. The $8 million mill levy override will pay for operating costs of the new buildings.
For more information, visit the New Schools and Facilities Improvements, 2016 Bond and Mill web page.