Carroll district officials will be studying the option of moving all preschool programs to what was formerly Durham Elementary School.
Located attached to Durham Intermediate School, the campus has been partially vacant since Walnut Grove Elementary School opened in 2011. Elementary students were sent there and the intermediate school took over some of the space.
“We’re looking at this as an introductory move to create some capacity in at least one campus,” said Superintendent David Faltys.
The district’s demographics consultants project that four of the five CISD elementary schools will be over capacity in the next five years, with Old Union Elementary the exception.
Durham’s old kindergarten hall is not in use and has classrooms with restrooms. At the Nov. 16 board meeting, Faltys told trustees that the campus may need a few more restrooms, some upgrades in technology and a few other minor renovations. It would have its own entrance far from the intermediate school’s entry and officials would make the preschool arrival and dismissal times earlier than those for fifth- and sixth-graders.
Right now, there are five pre-kindergarten and preschool classrooms at Carroll Elementary and six at Rockenbaugh. Moving those students would relieve crowding concerns at Carroll, but most of the future growth is to the north.
Faltys also mentioned the option of bringing in portables to provide storage and meeting space at a few of the campuses, along with moving special programs to smaller spaces in a few instances. Officials are considering boundary changes but probably not for 2016.
Trustee Danny Gilpin said that the near-term fixes and possible boundary changes alleviated concerns but officials would need to find more comprehensive plans for the future.
He said the problem would not be solved by rezoning alone.
“This is a longer term problem because in five years there’s no capacity anywhere,” Gilpin said.
A capital needs committee is looking at possible solutions with a future bond.
Administrators held two meetings in November to gather feedback from the community and have asked parents and interested residents to send questions and input to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to southlakecarroll.edu and look under the “School Board” tab for “Attendance Rezoning.”