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Board Votes to Move Forward with Expansion at Four Schools
 
The RISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 Monday evening to move forward with the construction of six additional classrooms at each of four RISD elementary schools: Dover, Merriman Park, Wallace and White Rock. The construction was proposed to accommodate current and projected enrollment growth in each school's attendance area, with a completion goal in advance of the first day of school in August of 2014. Based on district recommendations, the Board also approved cafeteria enlargement at Wallace, and gymnasium expansion at Wallace and White Rock.

District and school staff will begin working immediately with engineering and architectural firms to design the additional areas.

"This construction will continue RISD's efforts in recent years to expand capacity," said RISD Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner. "Our goal is to create enough capacity at our schools to accommodate the students living within each attendance area and reduce the number of students overflowed."

RISD constructed additional classrooms in the summer of 2012 at Aikin and Stults Road elementary schools and in the summer of 2013 at Forest Lane and Skyview elementary schools. Classroom construction is also planned at Mohawk and Richland elementary schools and Forest Meadow Junior High in advance of the 2014-15 school year.

RISD has grown more than 10% in the last four years, including 25% growth at the elementary level in the Lake Highlands area.

To see the presentation, recommendations and common area capacity studies, please visit the Board Agenda Page.

Read the FAQs related to the proposed construction here.
     
 
 
 
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