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Building Our Future

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) is planning for the future to address community growth and student needs through a 10-year facility package. 

Over the next 10 years, more than 3,500 potential new K-12 students are expected to move into the district. If we do nothing, current projections show that 15 schools will be over capacity and we will have a deficit of nearly 2,500 K-12 seats for students by 2031.

To help, SoWashCo Schools will ask voters to consider approval of a $462.6 million bond on Aug. 9, 2022. A bond is the only method to raise enough funds for construction, renovations and additions to meet the needs of our growing community.

Addressing Challenges

cars congestion

Park High School dismissal involves unsafe congestion, cars blocking bus lanes and pedestrian crossings, and vehicles backed up into nearby 80th street.

cubicles in a warehouse

Teaching and learning staff work in a semi-converted warehouse space at the District Service Center due to space constraints.

Alternative High School

The South Washington Alternative High School is surrounded by a parking lot with no access to greenspace or specialized career and technical and STEM programming.

A school in a strip mall

Next Step and Pathways serves special education students age 18-21. They are currently housed in rental space located in two separate strip malls.

Long hallways in an elementary school

Most elementary schools built in the 60s include long hallways instead of collaborative and engaging learning spaces. The bathrooms pictured here at Pine Hill Elementary must serve the whole school.

High school stairway overcrowded

East Ridge High School's overcrowding can be seen through its hallways, stairways and classrooms.

small closet for learning

Pine Hill Elementary was forced to turn a cluttered storage closet into a makeshift occupational therapy space due to space constraints.

students eating on the floor

Congestion in the Woodbury High School cafeteria forces students to spread out, with many eating on the floor.

High school overcrowded hallway

East Ridge High School's overcrowding can be seen through its hallways, stairways and classrooms.

lunch room congestion

Congestion in the Woodbury High School cafeteria forces students to spread out, with many eating on the floor.

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Over the next 10 years, more than 3,500 potential new K-12 students are expected to move into the district. Current projections show that 15 schools will be over capacity and we will have a deficit of nearly 2,500 K-12 seats for students by 2031 if we do nothing. To help, SoWashCo Schools will ask voters to consider approval of a $462.6 million bond on Aug. 9, 2022.

10-Year Facility Package

Within 10 Years

8,000 New Homes

3,500 New Students

15 Schools Over Capacity

Source: New homes based on 5,000 single family homes and 3,000 multifamily homes currently being built or planned within 10 years in the SoWashCo Schools boundary. Student estimates based on Davis Demographics formula for student generation rates implemented on current housing developments and demographics over the last 10 years.

Elementary Schools


Middle Schools


High Schools


Early Learning, Special Education and Support Sites

A Growing Community

Throughout the pandemic, housing developments continued to grow in the district, with a potential for over 5,000 single family homes and over 3,000 multifamily homes expected within the next decade.

homes under construction

Arbor Ridge - 176 homes

homes under construction

Settlers Bluff - 153 new homes

homes under construction

Oak Hill - 70 new homes

homes under construction

Hinton Woods - 165 new homes

homes under construction

Copper Hills - 182 new homes

homes under construction

Summers Landing - 400 new homes

*Estimates based on Davis Demographics formula for student generation rates implemented on current housing developments and demographics over the last 10 years.

home sites
construction dirt pile
WHS students in congested cafeteria
"Even though we have enough lunch seating, our students are responding to the overall congestion of our cafeteria layout. In order for groups of students to sit together, you’ll often see them eating in the hallways, entryways or with their lunch trays on the floor."
 
Sarah Sorenson-Wagner, Woodbury High School Principal

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