Recently, the issue came up as to whether GMSD has adequately planned for growth in the event of a full build-out in the city of Germantown. Specifically, will new apartments overcrowd our schools?
Parents and the community members can rest assured that GMSD officials are continuously reviewing data and monitoring student enrollment. They have identified our district’s needs based on Germantown’s projected growth and expected demographic changes. Armed with this information, GMSD has implemented the necessary capital improvement plans to meet our needs as a growing district.
Take a look below for more specific information.
Q & A with Superintendent Manuel:
What’s the current enrollment at GMSD schools?
What is the difference between programmatic and optimal capacities?
What are the capacity issues for our schools?
What is being done to alleviate K-5 overcrowding?
Check out this link to see GMSD’s newest school being built.
Will all portables be removed in the near future from GMSD campuses?
“Yes. We will be removing all portables once the new school is built and school numbers will be able to accommodate optimal staffing.”
See the link from GMSD’s website
What space will be available for growth when the new elementary school opens?
“You can see the total amount of space available once we open [the new elementary school]. Please look at the attached link below. It shows our forecasts for total build out in the city.”
In the event of a total city build-out, could GMSD still accommodate all students?
“Even if the city was completely built out. We would have capacity at k-5. See chart below.”
What about middle school students, what are your plans for them?
“We do not have any capacity at the middle school level and need a wing and additional gym at Houston Middle school.”
These numbers are all based on a demography report, are you sure it is accurate?
“The demographer was very accurate in his forecasts for all schools. In the first year after his study, he projected within 5 students in the k-5 grade band. The second year after his study, we had 57 students less than projected because the district reduced the number of transfer students we accepted.”