WOODS CROSS -- At an estimated total cost almost $17 million, Davis School District will be one elementary school bigger by fall of 2014, with the addition of Elementary No. 60, at about 2000 S. 1950 West, Woods Cross.
The school board recently approved the boundary changes, which will affect about 460 students currently attending Foxboro Elementary and 70 students at Woods Cross Elementary.
Foxboro Elementary has surpassed its maximum building capacity of 775, with more than 1,000 students now attending. They have 10 kindergarten classes and four sixth-grade classes. To accommodate the extra students, they are currently using six portable classrooms and have implemented a year-round schedule.
Woods Cross Elementary is quickly reaching numbers beyond their school capacity as well. They currently have 738 students enrolled and have a maximum capacity of 775 students.
With both schools continuing to grow, because new housing developments are added in the area, school officials are looking at ways to better serve the needs of the students in the southwest corner of the district. Once Elementary No. 60 opens -- the plan is for August 2014 -- Foxboro Elementary will return to a traditional schedule and reduce their portables down to three.
The two-story elementary is a brand new prototype for the district, said Kristi Frodsham, Davis School District Elementary School Director. The total cost to open the school, which includes site and road costs, computers, custodial supplies, furnishings, architectural fees, text books etc. is estimated to be $16,978,395. The building alone is $13,905,000.
The new school will continue with the French immersion program, said Frodsham, so the programs will grow simultaneously at both schools. Foxboro will continue with two classes each in Kindergarten through second grade, one class in third, and one class in fourth grade.
During a recent board meeting when the new boundaries were presented to the board, Board Member David Lovato wondered how the public received news of the immersion program continuing at the new school. "That's what we heard all the way (from parents) to not split families by keeping immersion program going (at the new school)," said Frodsham.
Students who were attending Woods Cross Elementary, which does not have an immersion program, will have the opportunity to enroll in the immersion program at the new school.
At the beginning of the school year, administrators will determine the school's name, principal, and staff.
Bussing was discussed regarding the new school at the district board meeting. Several of the areas attending the new school will need to be bused across Redwood Road, though Frodsham assured board members they were children already being bussed, so the district won't have to add additional buses.