Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Roosevelt School board forecasts overcrowding

Students in portable classrooms are coming soon to Roosevelt area schools according to projected enrollment figures generated by the Duchesne County School District.

To meet some of those growth predictions, the school board voted in their last meeting to move forward a proposed bond election to build an expansion elementary school in Roosevelt and a replacement elementary for Duchesne Elementary School, which has outlived its useful life according to independent engineering evaluations.

Director of Student Services Bruce Guymon, updated the Roosevelt City Council regarding the bond election and the growth projections during a school board visit to the Roosevelt City Council on Tuesday Jan. 15, in the Roosevelt City Council chambers.

Between the 2010/11 and 2015/16 school years, elementary enrollment in the Roosevelt schools will experience a 44 percent growth, according to Guymon.

District Superintendent David Brotherson said that of the 110 new students at the junior high school this year, 40 were anticipated and 70 were not.

The predictions for growth at Union High School were no less concerning.

The center section of Union High has reached the end of its useful life according to engineering evaluations. However the north end of the building and the separate math building may have 15 to 20 years of life remaining according to the engineering studies.

Economic growth within the county continues to raise the bonding level for the district.

Estimates for the new UHS campus are presently set at about $50 million with a possibility of being as high as $60 million. Uintah Basin Standard