ECMAC members meeting 2017In early May, school board members heard a report from the Enrollment and Capacity Management Advisory Committee, which analyzes information affecting enrollment, capacity and building use and generates observations and recommendations to share with district administration. The committee’s composition is approximately two-thirds community members and one-third staff.

Superintendent Kate Maguire advanced two of the three advisory committee recommendations, requesting board approval for staff to develop options for:

  • Resolving overcapacity conditions at Basswood, Rice Lake, and Garden City Elementary; at Brooklyn Middle; and at Maple Grove, Osseo, and Park Center Senior High
  • Preparing for anticipated enrollment growth in the area served by Fernbrook Elementary

Options could include eventual actions such as boundary changes, building additions, constructing a new building, and closing or repurposing a school. Other potential actions could include changing the open enrollment status of schools or relocating a program. Staff may uncover additional data or information that resolves the capacity concern; staff may also recommend accepting the reality of a capacity concern and adapting as necessary.

Staff expects to have options available for school board review by December 2018, followed by a process for soliciting community feedback in early 2019. Learn more about ECMAC.