With the upcoming Middle School Reconfiguration Public Forum coming up this week (and next), I wanted to share a bit of information from the
Long-Term Facilities Planning Report, School Board Presentation, held May 3, 2022, and Presented by Consultant Dr. Jeffrey M. Schatz.
General Guiding Principles for Making Decisions about Facility Needs
(as found in the presentation)
- Educational Programs Equitable program opportunities should be provided to all students where demand, space, and program sustainability exist at a level the District can support.
- Financial Responsibility Use school district resources, including facilities aligned with long-term financial and sustainability goals, to ensure adequate funds for educational programs.
- Flexibility in Grade Configurations Provides grade configuration options consistent across the school district yet allows flexibility for the unique needs of programs.
- Reconcile Existing, and Future Enrollment and School Capacities Identify and reconcile school capacity and catchment (boundary) areas for existing and future enrollment demands.
- Facility Renewal All facilities should be maintained at the highest standard possible to provide safe, healthy, and well-equipped learning environments.
Overall Enrollment Projection
- 5,622 students in 2025/26
- Increase of 573 students from 2020/21
Elementary School Enrollment
- 2836 students in 2025/26
- Increase of 267 students from 2020/21
Middle School Enrollment
- 1288 students in 2025/26
- Increase of 121 students from 2020/21
High School Enrollment
- 1498 students in 2025/26
- Increase of 185 from 2020/21
Building Enrollments and Capacities (as of 4/18/22)
Bakken: enrollment-562, capacity as used-964
DEAS (Rented Building): enrollment-19, capacity as used-N/A
Garden Valley: enrollment-170, capacity as used-350
Hagan: enrollment-480, capacity as used-385
Lewis and Clark: enrollment-285, capacity as used-300
McVay: enrollment-385, capacity as used-535
Missouri Ridge: enrollment-367, capacity as used-500
Rickard: enrollment-324, capacity as used-335
Round Prairie: enrollment-39, capacity as used-350
Wilkinson: enrollment-302, capacity, as used-302
Williston Middle School: enrollment-461(350 - 400), capacity as used-826
Innovation Academy: enrollment-259, capacity as used-300
Williston High School: enrollment-1186, capacity as used- 1290 – (1600)
Current Enrollments (as of 4/18/22)
1st grade 426
2nd grade 413
3rd grade 389
4th grade 434
5th grade 377
6th grade 392
7th grade 371
8th grade 376
9th grade 372
10th grade 336
11th grade 261
12th grade 236
Total Enrollment 4839
As of April 2022, there are four schools with a large percentage of space in temporary modular Building:
- Wilkinson has 25% of its actual square footage in modular buildings.
- McVay has 55% of its actual square footage in modular buildings.
- Round Prairie has 55% of its actual square footage in modular buildings.
- Garden Valley has 71% of its actual square footage in modular buildings.
Friends, there are MANY moving parts and things to consider. There is no perfect answer, but I firmly believe that we can work together to find a workable solution. Please take the time to attend the Ask the Superintendent Forums, ask questions, dig in, and email. It takes a village, and I know we can do great things when we work together.