TCSD Board of Trustees discuss capacity study and 10 year plan once again

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Teton County School District (TCSD) Board of Trustees held a public workshop this week to again discuss the capacity study results and the district reconfiguration. Superintendent Gillian Chapman introduced the background and COO Brad Barker went through the background and the capacity study for the trustees. "Today our goal is to talk about the options and the timelines, and review the capacity study one more time," said Dr. Chapman during the meeting. Dr. Chapman reiterated that phase one of the plan, which is the purchase of land and the building of a new elementary school, has already been approved by the Schools Facility Committee (SFC) to address current overcrowding issues. The SFC will consider Phase 2 of the plan in March, which focuses on accommodating students for the next 10 years in the school district. As a result, the trustees will need to make a decision on plans for Phase 2 prior to the March meeting. "We don't want to repeat our past decisions, we want to be proactive," said Dr. Chapman. Brad Barker walked through the capacity study findings in the meeting and brought up the three options for consideration. The initial capacity study was presented by MOA Architecture on November 2. The proposed options are: - Option C (now referred to as Option A): Building two new elementary schools - Option D (now referred to as Option B): Building one new elementary school and doing additions to Colter Elementary and Wilson Elementary Schools - Option H (now referred to as Option C): Building one new elementary school and doing additions to Wilson Elementary and the Jackson Hole Middle School. "There will be another workshop in early January to discuss the dual immersion program and grade level configuration," said Teton County School District(TCSD) Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds. "More information will be provided about this workshop as soon as a date and agenda is finalized.The Board is expected to select their preferred facility option at their regular meeting in January." More information on the capacity study and the TCSD options, read Buckrail's previous article, "Capacity study reveals need for 900 elementary school seats in 10 years." *Feature Photo: Superintendent Gillian Chapman addresses the Board of Trustees this week. * #buckrail #news