WDAY: The News Leader

Published November 08, 2010, 09:43 AM

School district looks at ways to deal with projected growth

Dilworth, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Projected student growth in the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school district has a 20-some person task force looking at the possibility of building a new school to accommodate the need.

It's a problem school officials say is good to have. Enrollment projections show about a 130 student increase by 2013. Right now, both the kindergarten through 8th grade school in Dilworth and the Glyndon elementary and high school are almost at capacity.

Special Ed teacher Daniel Boyd says class sizes here in Dilworth are still comfortably small, but the actual physical classrooms?

BOYD: "We're running out of them."

Tonight, he listened in, along with a few dozen parents, teachers, and city leaders to hear short and long-term solutions the task force came up with. A popular option: building a middle school somewhere in between Dilworth and Glyndon.

LeANN GIFFORD/TASK FOR FACILITATOR: "It would free up those classrooms, potentially 2-4 classrooms at each site."

Estimates show it could cost about one or two million dollars to build 6 classrooms. They have looked at portable classrooms: but those would run around 400-thousand dollars, and are temporary. Either way, these talks are a beginning to filling this need.

BOYD: "I don't think it's necessarily a case where we'll be increasing class sizes, just actual classrooms: space, square footage we need some more of it."

For now, the task force is trying to work with churches to use their space for classrooms next year. They will have to bring more information to the board and to a city-wide vote if they were to build a school. They'll continue to present to the school board throughout the year.