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New homes mean more students in Washington County

Subdivisions boosting enrollment, school officials tell commissioners

Subdivisions boosting enrollment, school officials tell commissioners

January 16, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - On average, a newly built single-family home will have about .74 students attending a Washington County public school.

School system officials told County Commissioners on Tuesday that the number of students coming from developments in Washington County increased last year. Recent figures were based on data from about 14 subdivisions throughout the county.

Facilities Planning Manager Robert Spong said the pupil generation rate is based on newer developments, not on the number of students coming from existing homes.

Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said the data tells commissioners the number of students that can be expected from new developments in the county. It can be used, he said, to determine whether a developer would need to offer assistance to a school that would be overcrowded if a new subdivision was built.

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County Administrator Greg Murray said Commissioners will discuss the pupil generation rate at an upcoming meeting and vote whether to adopt it.

"It's not necessarily a single house in Washington County," said Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael. "This is the new development that moves into an empty field ... the impact it will have on the school system."

According to data presented Tuesday, on average, a single-family home in a new development will yield .74 students. A town house will have .33 students, and a multi-family home will have .2 students.

Generally, there are more elementary school children coming from these homes, according to the data.

A single-family home has .38 elementary school children, .16 middle school children and .20 high school children - for a total of .74, according to school system officials.

A town house has .21 elementary, .05 middle school and .07 high school students - a total of .33 students.

Multi-family homes in newer developments average .09 elementary school students, .04 middle school and .07 high school students.

School system staff say they worked with county, city and town officials to compile the data.

Aleshire said he had hopes to see the data broken down by jurisdiction instead of applied for the entire county.

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