Feasibility Study to Analyze Growth Projections and Capacity for Next 10 Years
- September 26, 2023, School Board Meeting Presentation on Superintendent's recommendation to move forward with pathway A to build an addition on Parkland High School and then to renovate Orefield Middle School. The presentation includes a 5-Year Plan with 15-Year Cost Projection. The initial phase of a PHS addition is estimated to cost between $42 - 50M.
- August 15, 2023, School Board Meeting presentation by the Parkland Administration team with an update. You can also watch the presentation that was given here (the presentation starts 3.5 minutes into the meeting).
- June 20, 2023, School Board Meeting presentation by RLPS Architects with an update the Feasibility Study. You can also watch the presentation that was given here (the presentation starts 25 minutes into the meeting).
In Parkland School District, we offer a public educational program that values the ability to offer a wide variety of experiences for students in Academics, the Arts and Athletics. As a staff, we are dedicated to the District vision statement, “Educating for Success, Inspiring Excellence.” A significant challenge in recent years has been that our population continues to grow, as does our student enrollment. To meet growing needs, the Parkland School District Administration and Board of School Directors have initiated a feasibility study with RLPS Architects that will be focused which will analyze enrollment projections, future building of commercial and residential real estate within the District, and the capacity of our existing facilities so that we can plan for the next 10 years.
The Feasibility Study from 2015 showed us that there was an urgent need to address elementary overcrowding which ultimately led us to build the Veterans Memorial Elementary School. Details from that Study highlighted that, by 2030, there would be a need to address capacity at PHS. Today’s Feasibility Study is focusing on future capacity issues related to PHS, OMS and SMS along with future educational program needs and also analyze capacity and growth projections for our nine elementary schools.
Alongside the study, we are collecting feedback from interested parties. We conducted a community survey in April 2023. And, after our school district feasibility study committee looked at many options, we've narrowed the scope down to three viable options that will help us reach our future goals. We are in the midst of making presentations and listening to feedback from our students, staff and the community.
In May 2023, we offered two Community-wide Town Hall Presentation and Feedback Sessions where survey results will be reviewed and the three options will be shared for discussion and feedback. Since that time, the Board and Administrative Committee has been visiting other school districts to walk through buildings that are configured differently from ours to explore all possible options. In August 2023, two pathways were presented to the School Board for final consideration. Cost estimates for both options were shared and the Board will continue to consider the two options with the hope of approving a pathway for construction in the fall of 2023.