The growth came in a year that projections had shown enrollment would begin to taper off. In 2007, the district hired a consulting firm to figure how much the district would grow during the next 10 years so the district could better prepare. The projections indicated the district would grow by about 350 students in the 2009-10 school year.
As a result of the larger-than-expected increase, officials have had to step up plans to add new schools, Towne said. Now the district is looking at adding a new elementary school within the next three to four years and a middle school within the next five to six years. Both of those schools would be built on the district’s west side, Towne said.
Should the rate of growth continue, Towne said the district would begin looking at adding a fourth high school, on the district’s east side, in about 10 years.