Even though the Dublin City School District is seeing an increase in enrollment, no new classrooms were included in a recent bond issue recommendation.

Even though the Dublin City School District is seeing an increase in enrollment, no new classrooms were included in a recent bond issue recommendation.

District administrators recommended a combined 6.4-mill operating levy and $15.8-million bond issue go before voters this fall, following the rejection of a combined 7.2-mill operating levy and $25-million bond issue last November.

The first vote from Dublin school board members on a ballot issue came this week.

According to Superintendent David Axner, the district will follow voters' advice and make do with what space they have now.

"This is greatly reduced from the last issue," he said of the bond recommendation that is $9.2 million less than last fall's bond issue.

That means keeping four portable classrooms at Deer Run Elementary School.

Last fall's $25 million bond issue included seven new classrooms at Deer Run and four at Glacier Ridge Elementary.

Options outlined last month by district staff included new classrooms at Deer Run that would allow the district to get rid of portable classrooms.

Those options did not make the cut, however, and the only expansion included in the recommended $15.8-million bond issue is the Davis Middle School commons area where students eat lunch.

The recommendation, however, does not mean growth isn't occurring in the district, Axner said.

"In the northwest quadrant a lot is going on," he said.

In fact, Glacier Ridge is seeing "atypical activity for the economy," said deputy superintendent Michael Trego.

"It's becoming much more active than it was a couple months ago."

Nine new first-graders have registered at Glacier Ridge in the past month, Trego said, and a new first-grade section is being added.

The district is seeing growth from homes in the Tartan Ridge and Jerome Village developments.

"It's so different than just six months ago," Axner said of the northwest area of the school district.

"Jerome Village is starting to run really fast ... Tartan Ridge just shocks us."

This district indefinitely delayed a 13th elementary planned for the Jerome Village development in 2010 after progress slowed.

The development includes a three-mile long by one-mile wide stretch of farmland bordered by Brock Road to the south, Home Road on the north, state Route 42 on the west and Jerome Road on the east.

During a recent board of education meeting, Axner said the 13th elementary school might be needed sooner than anticipated as the 2,200-home Jerome Village begins to develop.

At Glacier Ridge, Trego said, the district anticipated 520 students, but had to move the estimate to 550 and it could be increased again to 560.

"There's unprecedented movement up there," he said.

With growth in the northwest quadrant of the district, Axner said the portable classrooms might be needed at Deer Run until the next elementary school is built in Jerome Village.