Earlier this school year the district's master-plan committee presented a series of recommendations to the Dublin City Schools Board of Education. I would like to thank the committee for its work.
The next step in this process has been to engage our community around these important decisions that will impact the future of our district for many years.
Through public meetings and meetings with our stakeholder groups such as the Business Advisory Council, PTO Presidents and Key Communicators, we have been in a mode of constant communication regarding the Master Plan recommendations. We believe great decisions are made in collaboration with our community.
Enrollment growth is the main driver for the recommendations made by the committee.
During the past 10 years, we have added about 2,400 students and another 3,000 are expected over the next 10 years.
By 2022, 17 of our 20 schools will house more students than their designed capacity. At the elementary level, we will be more than 1,300 students above capacity. That is the equivalent of two elementary schools.
Throughout this period of growth, our staff has been creative about the use of space and we have taken steps at the district level.
Two years ago, we added 22 classrooms at six elementary schools, accompanied with minor redistricting in grades K-8.
Enrollment projections indicate the district will need two additional elementary schools, a fifth middle school, and additions to two of our high schools over the course of the next five years.
Fortunately, the district's leaders had the foresight to obtain land for new schools long before they were needed.
We own land for an elementary school and middle school in Jerome Village, and for an elementary school on Bright Road.
Additionally, the Master Plan committee identified $95-million worth of infrastructure needs at our facilities.
By obtaining the former Verizon Building now known as the Emerald Campus, our community has avoided the up to $95-million cost of building a fourth high school because space will be freed up at our existing three high schools by pulling students to Emerald Campus.
About 500 student applications for the career exploration programs to be housed in Emerald Campus for the 2018-19 school year have been received.
Students enrolled in College Credit Plus and West Bridge Academy will also spend part of their day at Emerald Campus, pushing that facility's enrollment to nearly 1,000 students.
As I stated earlier, we have been in the process of engaging in a dialogue with our community regarding these facilities needs.
We have had two public meetings to date and our next one is at 6:30 p.m. tonight, March 15, in Davis Middle School. Our final meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 24 in Grizzell Middle School.
I would like to extend a personal invitation to all of our residents to join us for one or both of these meetings.
If your schedule does not permit your attendance, we have created a master plan web page at dublinschools.net/masterplan.
On this page you will find a summary of recommendations, a voice over video of the presentation, and frequently asked questions from our previous public meetings.
As a reminder, please know that your five elected officials, the members of the Dublin City School District Board of Education, have the final say about how we proceed to address the needs identified by the Master Plan committee.
Community involvement is vital to this process and we will continue to communicate with you as we move forward.
Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph.D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.