Students in the UnionvilleChadds Ford School District are going to stay right where they are for the time being.At Monday's meeting, the board heard a presentation from the administration recommending that there be no redistricting of the elementary school boundaries for at least the next two years.
Superintendent Sharon Parker said that much of the data used in the assessment will be updated annually and reviewed intensively by the board each January.
"We have created a database at this point that is far more extensive than any that we've had," Parker said.
Parker added that with certain program relocations, the district has sufficient classroom space exists to accommodate projected enrollment until the 2009-10 school year.
"We have come at this [decision] from many different directions and we are in agreement on that calculation," she said.
The decision was met with a round of applause from the audience.
According to district business manager Bob Cochran, there will be some financial impact to the decision, although no where near as high as the cost associated with a new school.
The report recommended hiring one new guidance counselor for Pocopson Elementary, as well as finding some additional space for a second computer lab.
This could be accomplished, Cochran said, by either shuffling existing space or by a cart loaded with laptop computers that can be moved from classroom to classroom.
In total, there is a potential cost of $89, 000 for the district - $69, 000 for the counselor and $20, 000 for technology.
The report states that enrollment at Pocopson is projected to neither decrease nor increase, while Chadds Ford's and Hillendale's numbers have risen in the past two years and are expected to continue that trend.
Meanwhile, enrollment at Unionville Elementary has decreased in recent years, and projections show no significant increases.
The report recommends moving the pre-first class from Pocopson to Chadds Ford and, if necessary in 2009-10, move the district-wide learning support class from Pocopson to Unionville.