RSP Provides District with Enrollment Projections
At the March 27 Waukee Board of Education meeting Rob Schwarz, with RSP & Associates (RSP), presented comprehensive enrollment projections for Waukee Community School District (WCSD).
The presentation included detailed projections for each individual elementary facility, as well as secondary buildings. RSP has more than 20 years of planning experience and a projection accuracy rate of 97%. Currently RSP works with 60 school districts spanning across Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, North Dakota and Iowa.
In RSP’s newest report, they were able to identify three key facts about Waukee Community School District:
- Enrollment is projected to increase over the next five years by more than 2,500 students.
- Capacity pressures will continue at the elementary level buildings of Eason, Maple Grove, Walnut Hills, Waukee and become a greater issue at the middle schools by 2016-17, with the high school to follow soon after.
- There are significant areas of vacant land that when they are developed will have a drastic effect on future enrollment.
Other general conclusions provided by RSP were that WCSD will continue to increase enrollment by 450-650 students each year, and the 2017-18 midpoint enrollment should exceed 10,000 students.
“The district will take the enrollment projections provided by RSP & Associates and compare them to our ten-year facility plan and make any necessary adjustments as to the timing and need for additional school facilities,” Dr. David J. Wilkerson, Superintendent said. “Growth in the Waukee School District has become a ‘way of life’ so to speak. We don’t allow it to consume us. Our primary focus has been, and will continue to be, on the student in the classroom, making sure we are providing the best possible educational experience for our students. We’ve demonstrated a history of continuous academic excellence and improvement throughout our growth and are confident that will continue into the future!”
In November of 2009, RSP provided WCSD with projection data, which has helped WCSD keep up with the rapid growth.
To view the full report click here.