|Glasgow Middle School|
People who live near Glasgow have raised several concerns about locating a new elementary school there: It’s less than a mile from Parklawn Elementary School, which isn’t overcrowded. Residents have also complained that it would lead to increased traffic congestion in the Parklawn community. Glasgow parents are concerned it would make it more difficult to expand Glasgow, which has a growing enrollment. Glasgow is under capacity now but is expected to be at 119 percent in five years.
Without the land available for a new school, “we’re running out of solutions,” said school board member Sandy Evans (Mason), who noted the library project was “a good idea.”
The latest version of the CIP, presented to the school board earlier this month, calls for $848.5 million in construction, “capacity enhancements” (modulars, for example), renovations, additions, and infrastructure projects. That includes $317.3 million already funded by school bonds passed by voters. A bond referendum on the 2013 ballot would provide funding for some of the remaining projects.
According to the CIP, student enrollment has increased by more than 14,000 since 2006-07. Another 11,000 students are expected to be added by 2016-17 for a total enrollment of 189,000.
Other elementary schools in Cluster 3 that are projected to be 125 percent or more over capacity in five years include Braddock (128 percent), Bren Mar Park (171 percent), Columbia (138 percent), and Olde Creek (128 percent),