Growing Student Enrollment
As many districts struggle with declining enrollment and the related loss of funding that comes with fewer students, Roseville Area Schools’ student enrollment has been growing — and is projected to continue to grow over the next 10 years. While we are fortunate to anticipate more students, it creates obvious challenges. For example, do we have the room to educate these students? As teaching and learning evolves, spaces for hands-on learning, small group instruction, and one-on-one support are critical. Many of our schools have reached their maximum capacity and are using non-learning spaces such as hallways and closets for education.
Projected enrollment growth is just one reason we are conducting a long-range facilities study. The other is our aging buildings, many of which have not been updated in more than 20 years. While our buildings and maintenance staff have done a wonderful job of maintaining our schools, eventually we must invest in what you might not see from the curb — roofing, painting, flooring, and air conditioning and air quality mechanical systems. With 1.5 million square feet of facilities, we know we have a lot to maintain.
As our facilities study reaches its final stages, you will hear more about the district’s plans to address these facilities issues. I hope you will attend community meetings and/or reach out to district staff and school board members to get the facts. Like you, I am proud to live in the Roseville community and proud of our schools. Together, let's make sure our schools meet the needs of our students.