By Rick Palsgrove
Cropper GIS Consulting has presented the Groveport Madison Board of Education with the results of its school capacity study and its enrollment demographic study.
The cost to the district for both studies is $35,500.
Earlier this year, as part of the Master Facilities Plan process, the board also approved contracting with SHP Architects for $77,000 for facility planning regarding the potential renovation, expansion, or replacement of the district’s existing elementary and middle schools.
As of October 2021, the district had 6,271 students. Enrollment was 5,569 in 2015-16. According to Cropper GIS Consulting’s enrollment demographic study, the district’s total enrollment is forecasted to increase from 6,283 to 6,438 between 2021-22 and 2026-27 and to 6,487 by 2031-32.
Forecasted enrollments by schools are:
•elementaries: from 2,834 to 2,958 between 2021-22 and 2026-27 and to 2,881 by 2031-32;
•middle schools: from 1,409 to 1,456 between 2021-22 and 2026-27 and to 1,480 by 2031-32.
•high school: from 2,040 to 2,024 between 2021-22 and 2026-27 and to 2,126 by 2031-32.
District officials state student overcrowding is the central issue facing the district, but other factors are the facilities planning process include the age, condition, efficiency, adaptability, and cost to maintain the existing elementary and middle schools.
To deal with student overcrowding, the district has 24 modular classrooms in use, including a single quad-classroom unit at Groveport Elementary, two double-classroom units at Asbury Elementary and Dunloe Elementary, and six double-classroom units at Sedalia Elementary.
School capacity study results
The total classroom capacities, according to Cropper’s recent school capacity study, (enrollment numbers are as of December 2021) for Groveport Madison’s schools:
•Asbury Elementary – Built in 1963 with additions in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 476. Classroom capacity, 385.
•Dunloe Elementary – Built in 1967 with additions in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 448. Classroom capacity, 444.
•Glendening Elementary – Built in 1968 with addition in 1974. Enrollment, 455. Classroom capacity, 480.
•Groveport Elementary – Built in 1923. Enrollment, 417. Classroom capacity, 408. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
•Madison Elementary – Built in 1967 with additions in 1968 and 1969. Enrollment, 354. Classroom capacity, 359.
•Sedalia Elementary – Built in 1969 with addition in 1974. Enrollment, 562. classroom capacity, 456. (Sedalia has a semi-permanent portable building that has a classroom capacity of 200.)
•Middle School North – Built in 1975. Enrollment, 495. Classroom capacity, 583.
•Middle School South – Built in 1975. Enrollment, 466. Classroom capacity, 485.
•Middle School Central – Built in stages as a high school between 1952-56. Enrollment, 448. Classroom capacity, 463. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
•High School, built in 2018. Enrollment, 1,881. Classroom capacity 1,440.
(Functional capacity is 85 percent of original design capacity and reflects modern requirements for classroom space and programming. Source: Groveport Madison Schools.)
District officials indicated a completed Master Facilities Plan and a board resolution for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission would be needed by April 2023 in order to receive funding approval from the OFCC for buildings.
A potential bond issue for new buildings could appear on the November 2023, May 2024, or August 2024 ballot.
A bond issue must pass by August 2024 or else the district would have to reapply for OFCC funding.
The district’s five year renewal general operating levy is tentatively scheduled for the November 2024 ballot as that is latest date it can be approved for the district to start collecting money in 2025.