Presentation on theme: "Scholarship Needham Public Schools Proposed Needham High School Cafeteria & Classroom Expansion Presented to Board of Selectmen April 15, 2015."— Presentation transcript:
Scholarship Needham Public Schools Proposed Needham High School Cafeteria & Classroom Expansion Presented to Board of Selectmen April 15, 2015
Needham High School Given many Town priorities, why consider adding space to Needham High? How did we get here? After an extensive $64 million addition/renovation Needham High School was officially dedicated in the spring of 2009. Led by the efforts of the School Committee, Selectmen, and especially the PPBC, the Needham community celebrated the design and construction of a state-of-the-art facility matching the aspirations and needs of high performing and talented young people. Growing enrollment, curriculum recommendations & reforms, state mandates, and student needs have subsequently restricted the ability of the staff to schedule the kind of comprehensive academic program the community values and students and staff need.
Needham High School Given many Town priorities, why consider adding space to Needham High? How did we get here? Since 2011, the Schools and Town have worked together to make adjustments and modifications: Juniors given off campus privilege at lunch; storerooms converted to classrooms; offices created out of conference rooms; a shipping container stores athletic equipment; and core academic class sizes have increased. Town Meeting has generously provided $200,000 to modify existing spaces to meet classroom and student needs. Despite the creative planning, modifications, repurposing of rooms, and construction of new walls, students, teachers, and families will continue to confront a lack of appropriate and necessary space to meet growing needs and expectations.
Lack of Space at NHS Limits Program What are the space constraints? The high school is and will remain over capacity by 200 students. NHS classrooms are designed for 22 students in 760 sq. ft.; contemporary MSBA standards are 23 students in 850 sq. ft. Over 125 sections (about 25% of all sections) hold 25 or more students; in 2007-08 the number of math, social studies, English, and foreign language sections with 25 or more students was 47—in the current year the number of sections with 25 or more has doubled to 95 sections.
Lack of Space at NHS Limits Program What are the space constraints? 53% of teachers are assigned to 2 or more classrooms. Over 12 storage rooms, offices, labs, and spaces have been or will be repurposed to accommodate growing enrollment. Small offices, closets, and conference areas have been repurposed to meet the growing demand for inclusive and effective special education programs. The cafeteria is undersized. Maximum occupancy is 488; the second lunch seating has an average of 620 students assigned. Next year’s enrollment is projected to be 1,686, 72 students over the current year. Enrollment is projected to level off to about 1,652 students over the next ten years.
Needham High School Enrollment Actual & Projected FY2008-FY2029
Option G – Existing Webster St. Entry Space and Design Options
Option G – Schematic Space and Design Options Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc.
Cafeteria Expansion Space and Design Options 2,500 sq. ft. Café expansion
Lack of Space at NHS Limits Program Next Steps DRA Report and Cost Analysis due on April 20 th ; distribute to PPBC, School Committee, Finance Committee, Selectmen for review and discussion. May Town Meeting will discuss and vote on article to appropriate possible design funds. DRA completes design and November Town Meeting considers request for construction funds. The earliest a project could begin is June 2016 with construction over the summer months.
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2015-16 Needham High Room Usage New Room for 2015-2016 Room in Use Room Available