Throughout the 2019 bond campaign, we stressed that years of not being able to add new classroom space has given us the difficult situation of serving many more elementary students than our school buildings can support. Thankfully, voters passed our recent capital bond, and we will finally be able to provide the classroom space our students need. This will be accomplished by rebuilding and expanding Artondale and Evergreen, building a new elementary school, and expanding the current Boys & Girls Club to create another new elementary school.
These new spaces are not estimated to be ready until the 2021-22 school year, however, and we need to find solutions to handle the overcrowding that will still affect many of our elementary schools over the next two years.
As you can see in the graph below, we are projecting more than 400 new elementary students will be added to the district by 2021. While these students will primarily be coming into the Gig Harbor North area, other areas throughout the district are also expected to experience growth.
The Peninsula School Board has been provided with seven different potential options by the district to determine solutions to elementary overcrowding that will affect students over the next two years. These options include utilizing the district’s physical assets most effectively and causing the least amount of disruption to our students.
At the March 7 Board meeting, the Board provided parameters to the district on solutions they think are viable at this time. If you are interested, you can watch the entire recorded discussion. Working within these parameters, the district will bring back possible solutions to the Board for consideration at their March 14 study session.
Please contact your Board members directly to offer feedback on the options available. Their email addresses are available on the district website.
Following the March 14 Board study session, we will be offering another opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on the narrowed-down list of possibilities.