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St. Vrain enrollment

Student enrollment gain

2005: 1,021

2006: 642

2007: 573

2008: 1,063

2009: 985

2010: 592

2011: 699

2012: 1,248

2013: 754

2014: 822

2015: 674

2016 projected: 725

 

2016 building permits by community

Dacono: 40

Erie: 300

Firestone: 294

Frederick: 150

Longmont: 487

Lyons: 5

Mead: 50

Weld County: 20

Total: 1,346

 

Source: St. Vrain Valley School District

New enrollment projections show the St. Vrain Valley continuing to grow, with the school district expected to add 3,809 students over the next five years, for a total of about 34,500 students.

Superintendent Don Haddad said the district likely will need to build three to four new schools, plus classroom additions, to accommodate the increases.

“It’s a pretty amazing growth pattern that we’re seeing,” Haddad said. “It’s just across the board. We’re growing everywhere and very fast.”

Signs pointing to strong growth include housing demand, increased development activity in annexations, platting and issuance of building permits, and the increased draw of programming in St. Vrain schools, officials said.

“I hear people say all the time that they moved here for the school system,” Haddad said.

In five years, seven elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools are expected to be at or above 125 percent of capacity, the point when the district looks at building new schools or additions.

Two schools, Centennial Elementary in Firestone and Erie Middle, are expected to hit 150 percent of capacity in five years. Close behind, with enrollment expected to grow to about 140 percent of capacity, are Mead Middle and Mead High.

The district, with the help of a community task force, now is working on finalizing a construction package for a bond issue that would go on the November ballot.

The task force, which includes about 50 parent and community members as well as district staff members, is meeting this month and next month to develop a recommendation for the school board.

The recommendation is expected to go to the school board in May.

Tentative plans include building a pre-K to eighth-grade school in Erie and adding on to Erie High, as well as building a new elementary in the Firestone and Mead area and adding on to Mead Elementary and Mead High.

In southwest Longmont, the district also plans to add on to Blue Mountain and Eagle Crest elementary schools, as well as possibly adding on to Altona Middle School.

The district also plans to include money for maintenance, including repairing roofs, replacing heating and cooling systems and replacing carpet. Adding security cameras at the elementary schools is another possible project.

St. Vrain voters last approved a bond issue in 2008.

If you go

What: St. Vrain Valley school board meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Educational Services Center, 395 S. Pratt Parkway, Longmont

More info: svvsd.org

With that $189 million bond, the district built the new Frederick High School and Red Hawk Elementary in Erie; remodeled Skyline High School in Longmont; added classrooms to Black Rock Elementary in Erie; and remodeled Frederick Elementary into Spark! Discovery Preschool.

The district also converted Heritage Middle School and the former Frederick High School to kindergarten-to-eighth-grade schools.

Amy Bounds: 303-473-1341, boundsa@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/boundsa

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