Two men who assessed the Starpoint Central School District's future facility needs told the School Board Thursday that it should consider increasing building space because of projected enrollment growth.
The men, representing the University at Buffalo's department of educational organization, administration and policy, told the board the district soon will need to build more classrooms. "There's still a little bit of room in Fricano, there's a little bit of room in the intermediate school, but according to this they're running out of room in the junior-senior high school," said Scott R. Sweetland, a UB research associate.
He and Austin D. Swanson, the man in charge of the study, suggested that the board consider having neighborhood elementary schools because that is where the growth will be in the next five years, they said.
"By 2001-2002," their report said, "we project that all facilities will have exceeded their operating capacities and that the total space required will equal approximately 16 classrooms plus ancillary spaces. It takes about five years from initiation to completion of a building project."
In the short term, the district offices could be moved out of the district to leased space off campus in the next five years, Swanson said, allowing the space to be used for classrooms, guidance counselors, administration and pupil personnel offices.
He said the district could have shorter lunches during periods five and six, so the district could use the cafeteria for study halls, and to use the auditorium for study halls as well. The men also said the district could explore possibilities of leasing space from the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Niagara County Community College and neighboring school districts.
As a last resort, the report said, the district could use prefabricated units for classroom and office space. The district should also be conducting yearly censuses of school aged children.
"It is within reason to expect that the enrollment of the district will double or even triple by the year 2020, making the district the size of Williamsville, Kenmore, West Seneca or Niagara Falls."
Board Vice President Robert Jasinski said, "I guess we'll talk with the administration and try to determine what we'll have to do in the immediate future." He added, "It looks like we'll need to do something."