How does the District determine its space requirements?
Space requirements for schools vary from state to state and there are different standards for elementary, middle and high schools. Factors considered in establishing a district’s space planning goals include: current space allocations by function, experienced and anticipated fluctuations in enrollment, projections of future space needs over time and standards used elsewhere. The district has gathered research from other places within Oregon as well as from other states. The district has also considered the existing space constraints and opportunities within our current building inventory, to arrive at sound space planning goals.
|Grade School||Middle School||High School||District Office|
|Current Sq. Ft. Totals||47188
|26611 (includes back gym space of 11k)||41548
(includes front gym and locker rooms 19,280)
|Current Sq. Ft. per Student||106||102||100||n/a|
|Board Approved Minimums (sq. ft. per student)||120||135||180||n/a|
|Current Space Deficit Totals||6100||8139||33152||2000 (reserve)|
|Total Deficit Excluding Grade School: 43,291 sq. ft.|
Here are some comparable school space scenarios within Oregon. The blue graph shows an overall enrollment comparison.
The green graph shows gross usable space for each school.
The orange graph shows the average amount of space per student at each school.
Here are some comparable figures from other states as well as two nearby communities. Corbett is on the lowest end of the ‘space per student’ range.
|Source Non-Local||Year||Grade School||Middle School||High School|
|Sq. Ft/Student||Sq. Ft/Student||Sq. Ft/Student|
|New Jersey School Boards Association||1998||125||134||151|
|Board of Ed Massachusetts||2004||115||135||155-225|
|National Median from California DOE||2007||122||144||167|
|RIDE School Construction Regulations *||2007||166||190||205|
|Sate of Illinois **||2010||120||140||160|
|Sandy High School||2012||221|
|NCIS Standards (Shared by Soderstrom Architecture Firm)||2012||110||120-150||160-200|
|Park Rose Middle School||2014||175|
|Non Local Average||133||149||182|
|* Rhode Island Includes Additional Sq. Ft. For Various Programs (not included here)|
|** Scale Slides Down as Population Increases|
|******With back gym space (11,929 sq feet) excluding district office (1100 sq. ft.)|
|******* With front gym, lockers, etc. (32,607 sq. ft.)||Note: District Office Space/Maintenance/Tranportation Not Included in Any Average|
The board also reviewed a resource called “The Guidelines for Square Footage Requirements for Educational Facilities” from the Georgia Department of Education Facilities Services Unit, 2012. In this document the state set a very extensive set of space guidelines which are broken down by much more specific space categories. It breaks out individual class rooms from ancillary spaces and common spaces such as: corridors, media rooms, gyms, music rooms, administration offices, bathrooms etc. Their formula is much more complicated than others but if you were to build a middle school to accommodate our students based upon their guidelines we would need to create about 45,000 square feet just for our middle school students on the main campus. (Currently the middle school students have about 15,000 square feet of classroom space and 11,000 square feet of gym space.)
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