Enrollment over 30,000
PSD’s student population recently topped 30,000 for the first time in the district’s history and is anticipated to increase even 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. Voters approved a bond and mill levy override in November 2016 to fund the new facilities. Pending litigation delayed efforts but was resolved in August 2018 (see the "PSD prevails in litigation" news release here). PSD's Board of Education will issue general obligation bonds as soon as possible to finance the capital construction.
Until new and updated facilities are available, the district has installed temporary modular classrooms at several schools as a stopgap measure until new buildings come online to provide more space for students. More modular classrooms will be added in fall 2018 to ensure all students are served appropriately.
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 facility renovation, and 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.