The Consequences of Overcrowding and Outdated Facilities
- Nearly one-third of the district's elementary classrooms are in portables, equivalent to two large elementary schools. The last elementary school was built 26 years ago.
- Portables are isolated from the main building, making them less secure, and they disrupt the overall site. We are completely out of space for more portables.
- Schools have already eliminated science and art classrooms, and many teachers are teaching out of closets, kitchens and carts. Ten more classrooms are needed by fall of 2019.
- Existing schools have out-of-date or failing infrastructure, security and safety. Our oldest schools were built over 60 years ago and have had only partial additions and renovations.
- Every year we delay, the cost to build a new school increases $2 to 3 million. The district must now consider difficult and drastic responses, such as eliminating early learning classrooms, year-round schedules, capping enrollment and double shifting (e.g. morning and afternoon schedules).