Our District is currently serving 1,100 more students per year than we did just ten years ago.
— Lori Dudley, School Board Chair
 

students need space

As our District has grown, the lack of space is evident in all school facilities. Most school districts have stable or declining enrollment. Worthington, however, is lucky because we have a growing community and we are attracting young families and young learners. The good news: this means additional state funding for day-to-day classroom activities, new program offerings for our students, and competitive teacher salaries. The bad news: we are over-running our space. Space is particularly important for young learners. In a nut shell, student learning suffers from overcrowding. 

 Capacity, as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education, equals the number of classrooms x capacity of classrooms x the percentage utilization of those classrooms. For additional information on capacity information, visit the  MN Department of Education .

Capacity, as defined by the Minnesota Department of Education, equals the number of classrooms x capacity of classrooms x the percentage utilization of those classrooms. For additional information on capacity information, visit the MN Department of Education.

 

how does worthington compare?

With growing enrollment, our District has found and exhausted every potential use for additional space inside our schools. As classroom sizes increase, common spaces simply have not been able to accommodate this growth. The need for additional space can be clearly seen when comparing the square footage per student in our District with other schools in the Big South Conference. 

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The increase in student population and resulting overcrowding in the schools have us dealing with the same problems we had 20 years ago. We are back to using hallways and storage closets to educate our children.
— Stephen Schneider, School Board Member
 

are these really the best ways to address space needs?

The lack of adequate education space is well known in our community. With continued enrollment increases, the District has adopted temporary fixes, and not long-term solutions to a problem that continues to worsen as our community continues to grow. 

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The District proposed long-term solutions in 2013, 2016, and most recently in February 2018. Although none of the proposed plans in these years were approved by voters, the elections highlighted the space needs and encouraged community leaders to seek creative solutions. This August, our community will vote on a different plan that will target the younger students who are often most affected by these space issues. Find out more about the proposed plan for the August 14th referendum.