(Addendum 10/9): After another request for school capacities AND submitting the compiled capacities below, the District finally responded "The capacities in the schools you have supplied are reasonably accurate except J.R. Smith, which is 750 (when the addition was completed in 2006)." If so, the the numbers in the next paragraph would be 90%/83%/78%) The school district also maintains that the YRS plan they are using ONLY increases effective capacity by 25%, which would still be an increase of 1660 - nearly the capacity of the two proposed schools)
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First, the ANSWER, Wasatch School District is only at 89% of total capacity, 82% if portable classrooms are included. Even stranger, the 'overcrowded' elementary schools are at 76% capacity, again not including portables.
- JR Smith was expanded for an additional 250 students, in 2006
- HVE added 8,000 sq ft in 2012, for 100 students.
- Elementary schools are K-5, the effective enrollment could be 50 or so LESS, as kindergarten is half day.
- The 2004 report noted "This past year, by far the largest increase in the District rolls (sic) occurred in the kindergarten age group." In 2014, kindergarten showed a large DECREASE.
- The "North Campus has an enrollment of about 25, reportedly with room for 100.
- At one time the old North School had classroom space.
- Year Round School utilization could increase the effective capacity of the district to about 8,800, without considering the portables. (9,600 with)
- The proposed two new schools would increase the capacity to 9,218 with portables.
Now, the explanation of how the capacity numbers were found/determined:That information was rather difficult to find. By comparison our neighbors in Duchesne placed that information WITH their proposal. An internet search found a new 'transparency' for School district Capital Outlay Reports showing school construction records back to 2004.
Only two WSD schools are new since 2004, the High School . . . .