Clintonville capacity study shows schools have room

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Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

A capacity study has been underway in the Clintonville School District for the past three to four months and shows there is room for additional students in the schools as enrollment numbers have been declining.

Nathan Schieve, a representative from Bray Architects, presented the study to the school board, staff and community Monday.

Consideration was given to spaces within each building that are sized and located to function as classroom spaces but are not currently utilized as such. Including the additional spaces in each building’s calculation increases the amount that each school is under capacity.

The study shows Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School has eight identified spaces that could allow an additional 156 to 172 students to be served. There is room for additional students in each of the schools.

The enrollment history and projections are included in the report. That information was provided by the district. Projected change from now through the 2021-2022 school year indicates a decrease in all grades from early childhood to 12th grade. Enrollment in the district for 2017-18 is 1,280 students and is projected to be 1,141 students for 2021-2022.

Schieve pointed out that the enrollment number can fluctuate with changes that occur in the district.

The study was done as the board studies the district’s needs. Often, a capacity study is done before or after a referendum, according to Schieve.