Zionsville Community Schools Chief Financial Officer Mike Shafer explained the track of future ZCS enrollment at the May 13 school board meeting.
He said the number of housing starts is up and more people are moving to Boone County. An Indiana Business Research Center study on enrollment projects more students at every ZCS school, he said, and the corporation is looking at a population of 8,000 students by the end of the decade – up from the current 5,750 students.
“We’ll have sufficient capacity throughout the study period,” he said. “Around 2018 we’ll reach capacity at the high school.” He said the IBRC report is not only useful for ZCS but also other agencies in community.
“IBRC has been doing these reports for ZCS since 1998 and have been 98 percent accurate,” he said.
Robison strongly recommended making smart, fast use of bond funds to accommodate the growing population. He said obligated funds include fire protection upgrades, safety/security, Boone Meadows Elementary equipment, purchasing the Dow property and constructing a maintenance facility there, and possible bond reimbursement.
Unfinished projects include a tennis facility, high school expansion before it reaches capacity and a Pleasant View renewal/remodel.
Other needs the superintendent listed include ZMS track repair, maintenance at the middle school tennis courts, infrastructure and outdoor needs, demolishing the old Union school and tennis center, and lawn care and custodial equipment.
“I think by the middle of June we’ll be in a place where you can look at all the puzzle pieces and say ‘I think we’re going to do this,’” he told the board when discussing priority setting and decision making.
A tennis facility is a priority for many people at the May 13 meeting.
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