Through no fault of this current board, we find ourselves behind the trend line. Our schools across the county are in need of maintanence and capacity increases. The past actions of kicking the can down the road and not passing bonds that adequitely address the need now put us in a positoin of playing catch up. An additional high school to address the growth of the next 10 years is desperately needed.
In conjunction with a new high school, it is recognized that rezoning will be necessary to relieve capacity pressure at RPHS. The short term solution of rezoning can only be supported with a long term plan that includes bricks and mortar for a high school by including the money allocation in the November 2018 bond.
It is fully realized that a new high school would more than likely not be within Sienna Plantation. We believe we would find ample support of this by Sienna Plantation residents.
Time is Now
Looking at enrollment and capacity today is not an equitable comparison for need for a future high school. The concern and need arises when looking out 5 years. With the trend line growth in the Sienna Plantation and 521 corridore, the student enrollment population increases can not be ignored. There will be a need for a high school in 5 years, if not sooner. The time required to pass a bond, acquire land, design a school and complete construction drives the need for the school to be included in THIS bond. Passing it in this bond will still put the high school on track to be opened in the 2023-24 school year. Waiting for the next bond cycle would put the high school on a projected timeline that would far surprass the timeline of when the school would be needed.