Enrollment is Expected to Grow
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 2017-18 school year, enrollment increased by 337 students, bringing total enrollment to 30,019. PSD’s 1.13 percent enrollment increase came as school districts across the state saw slowing growth.
Except for the 2016-2017 school year, PSD has added 300 to 500 students every year for the past decade.
Enrollment is expected to grow over the next five years. See the Enrollment Projections Report for 2017-18
Plans for Accommodating Growth
To address growth, the district’s long-range plans call for the construction of 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. Several court cases delayed work but were resolved in PSD's favor in August 2018. PSD's Board of Education in September approved issuing the bonds to clear the way for construction.
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 Long-term Growth Plan web page.