Lindbergh projecting increase of 242 students for 2014-2015

District officials hope to open new elementary school in ’17

By Mike Anthony

Lindbergh Schools officials project the district’s enrollment will increase by 242 students for the 2014-2015 school year.

Over the next four years, the district’s residential enrollment is projected to increase by 952 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 Tuesday night — after the Call went to press.

Despite a decrease in Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp., or VICC, students, overall enrollment — residential, VICC, Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students and board-paid tuition students — is expected to increase by 216 students next year and 887 students over four years.

For the district’s elementary schools, McKenney projects an increase of 238 students for the 2014-2015 school year and 505 students over the next four years.

Projections by school:

• Crestwood Elementary — An increase of 40 students is projected for the coming school year with an increase of 131 students over four years.

• Kennerly Elementary — An increase of 13 students is anticipated for the 2014-2015 school year and 66 students over four years.

• Long Elementary — For the 2014-2015 school year, an increase of 22 students is projected. Over four years, an increase of 92 students is anticipated.

• Sappington Elementary — An increase of 40 students is projected for the coming school year and 126 students over four years. When estimating the impact of the Grant’s View subdivision that is under construction, McKenney anticipates 91 students for the 2014-2015 school year and 177 students over four years.

• Concord Elementary — An increase of 21 students is projected for the 2014-2015 school year, and over four years, a decrease of 12 students. When estimating the impact of Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students, an increase of 57 students is projected for the coming school year and 24 students over four years.

For Lindbergh’s middle schools, an increase of 71 students is anticipated for the coming school year and 278 students over four years.

Projections by school:

• Sperreng Middle — An increase of 46 students is projected for the 2014-2015 school year and 163 students over four years.

• Truman Middle — An increase of 25 students is anticipated for the coming school year and 110 students over four years.

Residential enrollment at Lindbergh High is projected to increase by 41 students for the 2014-2015 school year and 287 students over four years.

Lindbergh High School’s overall enrollment, including the impact of the Grant’s View subdivision, is expected to increase by 25 students for the coming school year and 223 students over four years.

Lindbergh voters last month 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.