District, Lindbergh voters make right call on growth

By Mike Anthony

As the Call reports today, Lindbergh Schools officials are projecting enrollment will increase by 242 students for the coming school year and by 952 students over the next four years.

Those numbers include just residential and Special School District enrollment. Overall enrollment — including residential, Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp., Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students and board-paid tuition students — is projected to increase by 216 students next year and 887 students over the next four years.

The enrollment surge comes even though the district is phasing out its involvement in the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. program.

Despite the recent passage of Proposition G, a $34 million bond issue designed to address the district’s enrollment growth, Lindbergh is bursting at the seams as four of the district’s five elementary schools already exceed capacity.

While Prop G will fund a sixth elementary school, that school will not open until August 2017, if construction goes according to schedule.

We believe district administrators and the Board of Education have taken the proper steps to address the aggressive enrollment growth.

Last June, the Board of Education voted to establish the District Growth Committee, which was charged with making a recommendation to the Board of Education about how to address the increasing enrollment.

During two meetings, the panel considered eight options to address the growth before recommending “the only logical solution” — construction of a sixth elementary school on the nearly 10-acre Dressel School site at 10255 Musick Road.

The board approved the purchase of the Dressel site in August 2011 in anticipation of addressing the district’s burgeoning enrollment.

The Board of Education wasted little time in embracing the District Growth Committee’s recommendation. Two days after the panel’s presentation, the Board of Education voted to place Prop G on the April ballot.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the bond issue, which received 6,600 “yes” votes, or 65.46 percent, and 3,482 “no” votes, or 34.54 percent.

A four-sevenths majority — 57.15 percent — was required for approval.

Lindbergh officials and the community should be applauded for working together to make the right call on addressing the district’s aggressive enrollment growth.