Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2004

Basehor school population could grow by half, firm says

December 9, 2004

The most recent numbers indicate nearly 4,000 new homes may be built inside the boundaries of the 89-square-mile Basehor-Linwood School District, according to figures released by the school district's design firm.

At last week's district advisory council meeting, architects from the design firm Horst, Terrill and Karst Architects released figures concerning anticipated growth and enrollment. According to the firm's figures, there are 2,930 homes within area subdivisions that have been approved for development and inside those subdivisions lies the potential for an additional 950 homes.

Based on the 3,880 total homes, which includes approved plus potential homes, and using a .43 students per home model, the school district could see an infuse of 1,668 new students in coming years.

The school district's current enrollment is 2,084 students.

The numbers released during last week's advisory council meeting are a departure from figures previously used by the school district. School officials said numbers once used -- 2,200 homes equaling 946 new students -- were antiquated and that HTK's figures are the most accurate to date.

"It seems like every day those numbers are changing," said Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations. "(The HTK numbers) are the right numbers, at least for the time being. They would be the most current numbers we have."

Most of the new students would be coming from the Basehor area, according to figures. HTK's figures indicate that more than half, or 898 students, of the potential 1,668 new students would be kindergarten through sixth-grade students, 513 high school students and 257 would be middle school students.

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