Boulder Valley School District

Declining Enrollment

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At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Board of Education heard the first annual report about enrollment projections and school building capacity for BVSD elementary schools for the next five years. Projections show that enrollment will decline for nearly all BVSD schools in the coming years. Because school districts are funded on a per pupil basis, declining enrollment can lead to budget reductions, inefficient facility operations and a less comprehensive educational experience for students at small schools. 

Read more about the latest update here

Projections starting in 2022-23, indicate that enrollment in the district is expected to decline by approximately 1,700 students over the next 5 years at an annual rate of decline of around 1.5%.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL METRICS

The metrics were developed by the Long Range Advisory Committee and will be used to guide decision making related to declining enrollment. 

Enrollment Advisory Phase

If an elementary school has fewer than two classes per grade level and enrollment is less than 60% of capacity, the Board and community should be aware:   

  • Resource allocation will adhere to the established staffing funding formula to the greatest extent possible.

  • Multi-age classrooms may be necessary to meet the funding formula.

  • Library, counseling, and specials may be limited.

Community Engagement Phase

If an elementary school’s enrollment continues to decline below 50% capacity and fewer than 1.5 average classes per grade level with a projected trend to continue for at least 5 years, the Board will engage staff to lead a community-based process to develop possible solutions to provide a thriving, well-resourced educational environment for students and staff. Decision-making should be in the context of looking at geographic areas or multiple schools if appropriate. Timeline will be established by the Board.

This process may result in recommendations that could include but are not limited to:

  • Continuing to operate at the established staffing funding formula 

  • Focus or specialized programming

  • Reallocate grade levels with neighboring school

  • Closure/Consolidation

Board Meetings

Feb. 27, 2024
LRAC Update & Annual Trend Report
Enrollment Policies Action Items
(link to Board meeting)
Feb. 13, 2024
Enrollment Policies Study Items

(link to Board meeting)
Jan. 16, 2024
Enrollment Policy Work Session (executive summary/video)
Dec. 12, 2023
Enrollment Update and Trends  (agenda/presentation/video)
Nov. 14, 2023
Schools of Choice Policy IFF 
(presentation/video)
Oct. 24, 2023
Open Enrollment Policies JECC & JECC-R 
(presentation/video)
Oct. 17, 2023
School Attendance Area Policy JC (presentation/video)
Oct. 10, 2023
Parent Knowledge and Interest Survey Data 
(presentation/video)
Jun. 13, 2023
LRAC Recommendation 
(presentation/video)

Upcoming Events

Apr. 15, 2024
LRAC Meeting