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First, I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for providing this kind of data and your interpretive view.

I think it is also important to look at the history and impact of enrollment on capital improvement over the years. I was a teacher in the division for 13 years and have lived in the area for the last 20. It seems like every project, renovation or new structure is followed up in 12 months with an expansion to the existing structure.

I can not recall a NEW building going up without a 'mobile classroom' follow-up in 1 year or less.

I think that this calls for a bit of boldness, a willingness to err on the side of caution.

While our communities, particularly in the West end of the county, undergo significant change, I think it is critical to recall what has functioned well in the past. Smaller schools, particularly elementary, lead to greater historical familiarity that benefits students and educators. A closer sense of community develops both in the school and its surroundings. Perhaps there is some wisdom in building more, but SMALLER schools. The time frame for their development from start to finish is smaller. If there is concern about their long-term viability, so be it. If for some reason long-term enrollment should drop to a particular school then there are simple conversions that can be made to other community oriented buildings. We are in desperate need of a youth center for instance.

Just some thoughts and ramblings. Thanks.

Marshall - Thanks for your comments. It seems like I was just at your house going door-to-door, but that was over two years ago! It sounds like you are advocating for building new facilities sooner rather than later. I certainly expect one of the next elementary schools to be built in Crozet (added to Brownsville & Crozet). A key question is how much pain in the form of trailers and redistricting can we take before that happens? When is the tipping point that a school's enrollment starts negatively impacting instruction? In a community that is growing, these are the questions we have to address. On the positive side, redistricting in the heart of Crozet will only impact elementary schools since we know students will go to Henley Middle and WAHS. One of my goals in discussing this data is to make sure the public and school board are taking a long term view and making decisions that will move students as little as possible. School staff are recommending to the School Board that we start annually identifying target enrollment ranges on a school by school basis. These ranges will take into consideration programmatic offerings, infrastructure, staffing, and the ability to accommodate mobile classrooms on site. Brian Wheeler

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