FARMINGTON -- As a result of significant growth, one Davis district school will likely go year-round starting next school year.
During a school board meeting Tuesday, Davis School District board members and officials discussed the recommendation of having Foxboro Elementary School switch from a traditional to a year-round schedule for the 2012-13 school year.
The North Salt Lake school would become the fifth school in the district to function on a year-round schedule.
"Foxboro is on more of a steep increase (in enrollment), and we don't see any other alternative but to go year-round," said Kristi Frodsham, who made a presentation to the board.
Parents can learn more about the proposal for Foxboro to become a year-round school at a 7 p.m. meeting today at the school, 587 Foxboro Drive.
The district also is looking at having Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington become a year-round school; however, officials want to look more closely at that possibility.
That change would not happen in 2012.
"We anticipate making (Foxboro) year-round starting next year, and we anticipate a few more the following year," Frodsham said.
Foxboro opened in 2009 with 649 students. The number of full-time equivalents, another way to gauge the population of the school, with kindergartners counting as 0.5 because they are at the school for only half of the day, was 581.
The enrollment has jumped to 886 students, or 791 full-time equivalents. Making matters more difficult is the fact that there are 191 kindergartners.
"That area has lots of young families," Frodsham said.
Those numbers are above the planned capacity of 675 FTE and 750 students. The school is using four portable classrooms to help.
Chase Rogers, the district's director of planning, said they have known there is a need for another school in the western part of the district.
"We have to find a location that not only works now, but will in 10 to 15 years," Rogers said.
Frodsham said if Foxboro goes year-round, the school can open at least one new class of both kindergarten and first grade, which would also reduce the number of students per class.
"Right now, the kindergarten class size is 29," Frodsham said. "We can reduce the class size to a more reasonable number, like 25."