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Demographics and Facility Planning

Comprehensive Demographic Analyses

Comprehensive analysis of local and regional demographics to identify trends that both push and pull students to or from the district. The demographic studies culminate in a series of enrollment projections to guide districts in their facility planning efforts over the next ten years.

Resident Projections

In addition to projections of enrollment by site, additional analysis and projections of the number of students living in each school boundary or in smaller geographic planning areas tailored specifically to your district. This often illustrates potential facility planning needs that might be overlooked when considering enrollments only.

Facility Master Plans

Detailed plans that typically include demographic analysis, enrollment projections, and facility capacity analysis, ultimately providing clear direction regarding a district’s facility needs and how they can be addressed. Consultants can visit your school district and personally walk through each school site with District staff to prepare these plans.

Student Generation Studies

Districts have the potential to gain new students whenever new homes are constructed in its boundary, as well as when existing homes are sold. Student generation studies survey recent development and home resales to determine rates of student generation. These rates can be calculated by grade level, school boundary, home price, year of construction, and many other variables to allow districts to plan effectively for the impact of new students.

Enrollment Projections

Accurate enrollment projections for up to ten years, by school and by grade. The projections account for trends in births, kindergarten enrollment, cohort survival, residential development, and student migration. Projections are also available for subgroups such as projections of special education, FRPM, or by ethnicity. Future enrollment is the key variable that dictates a school district’s facility needs, so having a firm grasp on enrollment trends is crucial for any district’s facility planning.

Facility Capacity Analyses

Detailed capacity calculations for all facilities based on current room uses and loading factors. In addition to the current capacity of each school site, CDE optimal capacity and total maximum capacity can be calculated.

Residential Development Impact Analyses

Analyses of new residential construction within the district. It is imperative when planning for facilities to be informed about the number of units, type of units, and buildout timeline for all residential construction happening in and around your district.

Financial Services

State School Facility Program

Establish or update a school district’s eligibility under the State School Facility Program. Since OPSC accepts multiple methods for determining eligibility, every option is explored to ensure that districts receive the most possible eligibility. Assured and timely personal delivery of submission materials from a Sacramento-based office. Assistance with competitive application processes, such as the CTEFP.

Developer Fee Justification Studies

As of January 2018, school districts can levy a developer fee of $3.79 for residential and $0.61 for commercial/industrial development as long as they can demonstrate justification. Preparation a Level I developer fee justification study to allow districts to collect these fees, or a more rigorous School Facilities Needs Analysis (Level II fees study) if additional requirements are met.

Geographic Information Systems Projects

Attendance Boundary Mapping

High quality, large-size PDF maps of a district’s attendance boundaries and streets. Many parents visit a school district’s web site looking for information on which school their child is assigned to, and providing a clean, easy to read map is one of the best ways to efficiently communicate this information.

Land Use Analyses

Detailed maps and analysis of a district’s land use, emphasizing potential developable land within the district.

Attendance Boundary Development or Modifications

There are numerous reasons for a district to create or modify its attendance boundaries. The opening or closing of a school site usually necessitates new boundaries. It is also common to adjust boundaries if the number of students living in certain areas becomes unbalanced due to demographic shifts or new residential development.

Trustee/Voting Area Mapping and Analyses

Utilizes Census demographics to create or modify trustee areas for use in elections. Districts electing trustees at large are potentially vulnerable to legal challenge under the California Voting Rights Act if racially polarized voting has occurred; the creation of trustee areas eliminates this risk.

There are numerous reasons for a district to create or modify its attendance boundaries. The opening or closing of a school site usually necessitates new boundaries. It is also common to adjust boundaries if the number of students living in certain areas becomes unbalanced due to demographic shifts or new residential development.

DSA Closeout

Formal DSA closeout of completed facility projects.

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