Enrollment Considerations: Elementary 11 Bond Referendum

Posted by Ankeny Community School District on 1/30/2018

Ankeny remains one of the fastest growing school districts in Iowa. This year enrollment increased by approximately 355 students, making our certified enrollment 11,548 students for the 2017-2018 school year, as reported in the Certified Enrollment Report.


Since Ankeny is one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa, it is no surprise the school district is growing as well. Our enrollment projections indicate continued growth of more than 1,500 students by the 2021-2022 school year. This growth continues to drive the Ankeny Board of Education’s plans for the future.

 

On February 6, the district will pursue a bond referendum for elementary 11. A minimum of four elementary buildings will be at capacity by 2020. A new elementary will keep class sizes reasonable, while continuing Ankeny’s tradition of academic excellence. By pursuing a school bond referendum and opening an elementary in 2020-2021, capacity will keep up with enrollment.


In addition, construction of additions to both high schools will begin in the summer of 2020, to be completed by the fall of 2021. Expanding each of the high school buildings will increase each facility from 1,400 student capacity to 1,860. This expansion plan has allowed us to make sound fiscal decisions by not only considering the cost of building a new facility, but also consider the cost of staffing a facility.


The Board’s priority is to continue its level of programming, as well as, seeking new and innovative ways to give Ankeny graduates an advantage to prepare for their role in the 21st century.

 

Elementary buildings projected capacities