May 8th Workshop at Washington School Districts Conference

Author: Tyler Vick Published: April 27, 2015

The demographics of a school district drive facility needs. Its student population, composition, and distribution are tied to the larger geography in which the District is located. As these factors shift, a District must respond to both district-wide changes, such as total enrollment, as well as changes within the district – such as attendance at a particular school. While enrollment forecasts have traditionally met planning needs by identifying additional facility needs, future student population distributions can be better understood and prepared for by applying spatial planning principles and advanced GIS tools. These tools help identify where additional facilities should be located and aid in long-range planning by: helping predict future facility needs, informing budgeting and resource allocation, and in garnering support for funding.

Come join us for our workshop at the 2015 Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) annual conference where we’ll focus on how a geographic (GIS) approach can help school districts better understand their facility needs, leading to more informed decision making. Topics will include student enrollment projections, school attendance area mapping, land use studies, facility siting, and redistricting. Recent examples of work completed for Washington school districts will be highlighted.

Hosted by the Washington Association of School Business Officials, the 2015 annual conference will take place at the Spokane Convention Center on May 6th-8th.

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