(article excerpt from The Connection, spring 2013)
RSP & Associates, the demographer used by Johnston Community School District, has provided an updated report on enrollment projections through the 2017-18 school year.
Using data from the school district, city of Johnston, city of Grimes, and Polk County, RSP & Associates projected that by the 2017-18 school year, district enrollment, grades K-12, will have increased by roughly 500 students, for an estimated total of 6,814 students.
On a yearly basis, this means between 40 and 150 more students. Click here to view a grade-by-grade, year-by-year enrollment report.
The most recent report also states that currently, there are four grades with class sizes larger than 500, with many other grades within 10 students of 500. By 2017/18, it is anticipated that each grade has the propensity to be greater than 500 students.
With a 98.9 percent accuracy rate, RSP & Associates is trusted by many other school districts – large and small – in the region for enrollment projection data.
Using the enrollment data forecast by RSP & Associates for the 2017-18 school year, the graph below shows student counts from 1984 to projected counts in 2017.
As one might suspect, with building capacity already being tested, yearly increases of students only contributes to the need for more space at all levels.
The RSP & Associates report concluded that a number of capacity issues would arise without modification to the buildings:
Without the construction of a new 10-12 high school, high schoolers and students at the 8-9 building will be in portable classrooms all year.