December 2016 Update:
District enrollment has continued to grow by approximately 200 students a year, topping over 10,200 students for the current school year. Increasing class sizes accounts for some of this growth, as graduating classes are smaller than incoming elementary classes. For example, there are 633 students in the current senior class and the current fourth grade class across the district has 855 students.
Growth has not been distributed evenly across the district and has created some schools where enrollment is at building capacity–especially Noble Crossing and Promise Road Elementary along the southern border of the city. Promise Road was required to bring in a portable this school year to meet classroom space demand.
Other schools, such as North and Stony Creek Elementary near downtown Noblesville, have seen slowed growth in recent years, creating space in their buildings to accommodate more students.
There is also an enrollment imbalance between East and West middle schools, with almost 300 more students attending West.
“Rebalancing school boundaries often impacts multiple schools across the district and we appreciate that this kind of change can be very stressful for families,” shared Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, superintendent of Noblesville Schools. “Unfortunately we can’t control where and how our growth occurs and must address it when we don’t have appropriate learning space for students. Providing the best student learning environments, minimizing disruptions to families and maximizing existing space are the key goals as this issue is explored. Direct involvement from parents on the committee is a meaningful part of the process.”
The district commissioned a professional demographic study in 2014 which predicts a few tight years in certain areas. District leaders are carefully monitoring growth and may seek a future capital referendum for new construction if it becomes warranted.
Meetings will be held this winter at schools to discuss potential rebalancing plans, answer questions and seek input from parents. The committee will then finalize their recommendations for a March/April school board approval. Any proposed boundary changes will go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.