Enrollment Projections & Land Use Study
Client: Ridgefield School District
Location: Clark County, Washington
The Ridgefield School District is located in north Clark County and includes the vibrant, rural community of Ridgefield. Families move there for its excellent schools, its strong sense of community, and the opportunity to interact with the surrounding natural environment. Clark County is also one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Washington and, as a result, the District expects a rapid increase in student enrollment over the next 20 years. Additionally, at the time of this project, the last two school bond measures had failed to pass.
We worked with the district to help them effectively communicate the student growth challenges to the community as well as to conduct long-range planning for future school facility needs. Using the district’s data, state population projections, the county Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and the Vacant Buildable Lands Model, we forecasted 20-year student enrollment. We then used the forecast data to determine where future student population centers are likely to be over the next 20 years.
“What we were really seeking was some strong data (demographics) on the regional school district. We needed information. To have FLO collect and analyze that data was very important for our long-range facilities planning process.” – Art Edgerly, former Ridgefield School District superintendent
Our work directly contributed to the success of the district’s next bond measure, and in recognition of the significance of this work, we were awarded the 2009 Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award for the Columbia River Region.