Residential development in New Hanover Township over the last five years has forced the Boyertown Area School District to renovate the high school.
The addition of approximately 100 homes each year between Route 73 and Swamp Pike, and the projected addition of 300 students, helped to facilitate the $61 million construction project, according to David Szablowski, the district's chief financial officer.
"That development has had a huge effect on us," said Szablowski, who also serves as secretary to the district's board of directors....
Upper Perkiomen schools, already on the crowded side, are projected to see more growth according to a population study recently completed for the district.
And that growth is going to have to be closely monitored according to Superintendent Dr. Alexis McGloin.
"The middle school and both elementary schools are packed," said McGloin during a brief discussion at the Upper Perkiomen School Board's June 25 meeting.
McGloin said two computer labs at Upper Perkiomen Middle School are being converted into classrooms for the upcoming school year and an art room is also being transitioned into instructional space at Marlborough Elementary. The art teacher will conduct roving instruction in classrooms with supplies on a cart, she said, and will be able to share classroom space on occasion.
She said the space issue is something the district needs to think about for the long term.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission, commissioned by the district to complete an enrollment study, presented their 10-year findings at the meeting. Those findings were split into two categories, the first for 2015-2020, and the second for 2020-2025. ...