Lindbergh enrollment projected to rise by 278 students for 2015-2016 school year

New elementary school set to be constructed in district

By Mike Anthony

Lindbergh Schools officials project the district’s enrollment will increase by 278 students for the 2015-2016 school year.

Over the next four years, the district’s enrollment is projected to increase by 1,112 students, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Brian McKenney wrote in a memorandum to Superintendent Jim Simpson. The Board of Education was scheduled to hear McKenney’s enrollment projections for the coming school year during a meeting Monday night — after the Call went to press.

For Lindbergh elementary schools, McKenney projects an increase of 126 students for the 2015-2016 school year and 324 students over the next four years.

Projections by school:

• Crestwood Elementary — An increase of 14 students is projected for the coming school year with an increase of 46 students over four years.

• Kennerly Elementary — An increase of 22 students is anticipated for the 2015-2016 school year and 78 students over four years.

• Long Elementary — For the 2015-2016 school year, an increase of 39 students is projected. Over four years, an increase of 91 students is anticipated.

• Sappington Elementary — An increase of 40 students is projected for the coming school year and 103 students over four years.

• Concord Elementary — An increase of 11 students is projected for the 2015-2016 school year, and over four years, an increase of six students.

For Lindbergh’s middle schools, an increase of 74 students is anticipated for the coming school year and 357 students over four years.

Projections by school:

• Sperreng Middle — An increase of 52 students is projected for the 2015-2016 school year and 166 students over four years.

• Truman Middle — An increase of 22 students is anticipated for the coming school year and 191 students over four years.

Enrollment at Lindbergh High is projected to increase by 78 students for the 2015-2016 school year and 431 students over four years.

Last April, Lindbergh voters approved Proposition G, a $34 million bond issue designed to address the district’s enrollment growth.

Funds from Prop G will fund the 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.

District officials anticipate the new elementary school will open in August 2017.