Master Planning & Visioning

    • How We Are Addressing Overenrollment Throughout the District

      Since our district is known for being an innovation leader, we are once again finding creative solutions to assure our students are thriving, thanks to the recommendation of our Enrollment Committee.

      A major factor in the bond issue that is on the table is the construction of 8 ZEM (Zero Energy Modular) units, 4 at Rick Marcotte Central School and 4 at Orchard Elementary. The ZEMs are meant to address over enrollment and crowding in these schools. Here is a brief timeline of what led to this decision:

      Last spring, the Enrollment Committee- which was composed of parents, educators, administrators, Board members, and community members- evaluated several options to address over enrollment. Those included:

      • Renovations/new construction
      • Redistricting

      • Moving 5th grade to the middle school

      • Zero Energy Modular units

      • Other portable units

      They finalized their report in June and made the recommendation for the board to move forward with ZEMs because:

      • Orchard is currently over enrolled by 32 students, with another 12 expected

      • Rick Marcotte is over enrolled by 31 with another 24 expected

      • Further projections predict additional annual enrollment increases

      • Moving 5th grade to the middle school would then cause space issues at Tuttle (If we do evenutally move the 5th grade to Tuttle, it will be several years from now.)

      That is multiple classrooms of students that we simply don’t have room for. Limited space is impacting the instructional strategies that teachers can employ and the bottom line is, our facilities should not be impacting instruction, the needs of our students should.

      Initial estimates were under $1.5 million but that was before full renderings were done and factoring in inflation, work shortages, supply chain, and engineering costs, the estimate is now $6 million. While that may sound exorbitant, with the deployment of impact fees, 91% of the project costs will be potentially recognized as revenue beginning July 1st.

      Impact fees are required contributions from the private sector to offset the cost of public infrastructure. Infrastructure like schools, one reason many people are coming to our wonderful community! So while there are initial Bond costs for the taxpayer, they will be lessened (by an estimated 91%) as these fees come in.