On March 11, 2019, the WSD Facilities Committee held the sixth meeting in a series of "K-5 Capacity Conversation" meetings to discuss the district's capacity challenges and options. Superintendent James Crisfield and Assistant Superintendent Gary Abbamont recapped discussion from the previous meetings and provided an overview of enrollment projections including:
- K-5 Projections
- Kindergarten Enrollment
- Enrollment Projections vs. Capacities – District wide
Mr. Abbamont shared the master list of ideas previously identified, but not being pursued at this time due to concerns related to the impact on students (both academic and social/emotional) or related to excessive operational and/or financial costs.
Dr. Crisfield reiterated that no students will be re-districted in September 2019 and then reviewed the pros and cons of three blended solutions that are under consideration. All three blended solutions require short-term use of modular units while an addition is built at Stony Creek Elementary, and then they differ as to whether additional classrooms are contemplated at either Shady Grove, Blue Bell or Lower Gwynedd elementary school. All three contemplate the re-location of the district's Autistic Support Program from Shady Grove to Stony Creek, and two contemplate the eventual re-districting of approximately 40 students in 2023.
The community is invited to participate in the "Capacity Conversation" at upcoming meetings. Visit https://www.wsdweb.org/school-board/k-5-capacity-meeting-information for more information on upcoming meetings AND for materials from prior meetings.