As the housing market improves, and additional neighborhoods are built, the need for schools also increases.
The Flagler School board workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 15, focused on the future, and how to be ready for a school population that continues to grow.
Thomas Harowski, president of TMH Consulting, presented an extensive concurrency program assessment outlining the current and projected student population. His presentation included; concurrency status, review process, and long-range planning.
While there is no current space issue, Chairman Colleen Conklin appreciated the fact the issue was being monitored, and said she thought the subject should be reviewed annually. Currently there are approximately 12,000 students, with classroom capacity for 14,626.
Harowski identified the projected developments, stating that Palm Coast Town Center is expected to add 900 units, making it the most active of the proposed developments.
The proximity of Palm Coast Park in the northern section has a projected 250 units planned.
“This is the one positioned to take benefit from the Matanzas interchange when that comes,” Harowski said.
School placement within the new communities should also be considered, according to Harowski, to allow for more central access for the children who ride bikes and walk to school.
He cautioned the Board that state enrollment projections have a history of “running high,” and said that in the past numbers have been rolled back after census reports were published.
The next expected construction will be a third high school in the district.
“We should be in decent shape for the next five years,” Conklin said.