Increasing Enrollment: SCSD2 Plans for 3 New Schools

Sheridan County School District 2 Administration Building (Sheridan Media file photo)
Sheridan County School District 2 Administration Building (Sheridan Media file photo)

A six-year trend of increasing enrollment numbers at Sheridan County School District 2 schools has prompted administrators to draft a plan that would call for three new schools in the next few years.

The plan was presented to the board of trustees at their regular meeting Monday night, requesting approval to be sent to the Wyoming School Facilities Commission.

District to Facilities Director Julie Carroll.

Sheridan Junior High School is expected to exceed capacity in the 2016-17 school year. The plan would have SJHS students fill the Early Building at the junior high and move Wright Place/Ft. Mackenzie students currently in the Early Building to a new facility to be built on the five acres of the old Woodland Park School site.

Coffeen Elementary is a two-section school and is scheduled to occupy the old Highland Park transitional school next year while a new three-section school is built at the current Coffeen site. A two-section school has three classrooms of every grade level K-5 while a three-section has three. That school is projected to be completed for the 2014-15 school year.

Finally, to make up for growing enrollment, a sixth District 2 elementary school will be built by the 2016-2017 school year.

Carroll says that the sixth elementary school will most likely be located somewhere in north Sheridan.

Sagebrush and Highland in particular already show evidence of full classrooms.

The Facility Master Plan regarding the two schools reads: "Student numbers are already exceeding the ideal capacity SCSD2 would like to maintain in a three section school and still be able to provide all of the spaces for Art, Music, Orchestra, Title 1, Reading Recovery, Math Recovery, Speech, Special Education, Literacy Coordinators, Itinerant Offices, Collaboration Rooms, etc."

The plan projects Highland Park's enrollment to increase from 328 students it has this year to a total of 401 students by 2014. Sagebrush's enrollment is projected to grow from 365 to 439 students during that same time period

The document drafted by SCSD2 facilities personnel that will be sent to the WSFC has 16 pages detailing current enrollment numbers, an enrollment forecast and 2010 census figures.

The school board approved the action Monday night.

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