Wayzata Public Schools has been and continues to experience significant resident student growth. To address this growth, we have established a process to help us best manage our growth to meet students' needs.
- New housing developments in the north are being completed 2-3 times faster than originally planned by developers due to consumer demand.
- There is also steady growth in the south due to housing turnover bringing in young families.
- If current housing trends continue, the district can expect approximately another 1,000 new students K-12 by 2019.
- Even though we opened Meadow Ridge Elementary in fall 2016, made boundary adjustments to right-size all our elementary schools in fall 2016 and will open an addition to Meadow Ridge in fall 2018 - we still need to add capacity at the elementary level to accommodate resident student growth.
- While we have capacity issues at the elementary level, projections show we have adequate space at the middle schools and high school through at least 2030. This is due to the recent expansion of Wayzata High School and moving early childhood programs out of Central Middle School to make space for middle school students.
Growth Task Force Recommends New Elementary SchoolA Growth Task Force, made up of parents and community members, was named to study the data and make a recommendation to the Wayzata School Board about how best to manage our growth to meet students' needs. The Task Force met during January to review: history, building capacities, current and projected enrollment, development plans for cities in the school district, results of a districtwide housing study and other relevant data.After meeting four times and reviewing extensive data, the Growth Task Force presented a recommendation to the School Board at their February 13 meeting. Specifically, the Growth Task force recommended, "Due to our continued robust growth, the members of the community Growth Task Force believe that a new elementary school needs to be available as soon as possible." The Task Force also recommended that the Board maintain smaller class sizes districtwide and look at equity of facilities across the district.The Board will include the Task Force's recommendation to build a new elementary school and their additional input into the comprehensive review of districtwide facilities needs currently underway. The recommendation will also be included in the overall budget review that will take place this spring. The Board will likely wait until the legislative session is over to finalize any funding requests of district residents.
Keep InformedWatch for more information as the process continues. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support of our students, our schools and our community!
Press ReleasesBoard Accepts Growth Task Force Recommendation and Outlines Next Steps to Address Growing Student Population - February 15, 2017
In the NewsTask force recommends new elementary school for Wayzata School District – Sun Sailor, February 7, 2017Wayzata School Board prepares for district growth – Lake Shore Weekly, February 23, 2017
Growth Task Force MembershipKristin Nordstrom, Pre KAllison Storti, Pre KBrian Combs, BirchviewCara Thompson, BirchviewBetsy Gambach, Gleason LakeScott Stoltenberg, Gleason LakeHeidi Pearson, GreenwoodBrent Scheil, GreenwoodMegan Nuthals, Kimberly LaneDeepak Thakker, Kimberly LanePage Fleeger, Meadow RidgeRahul Jhavar, Meadow RidgeSarah Amelotte, OakwoodAndrew Tibesar, OakwoodKevin Fruechte, Plymouth CreekDivya Raman, Plymouth CreekScott Aldrich, Sunset HillTobi Tombers, Sunset HillJill Perrigo, Central Middle SchoolMeredith Speier, Central Middle SchoolDerek Diesen, East Middle SchoolRebecca Malmquist, East Middle SchoolVenkata K Potti, West Middle SchoolNira Rajan, West Middle SchoolSusan Hilel, At Large* several parents also have students in multiple schools including WHS