Enrollment is up throughout the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, according to first day of school statistics. Officials are expecting to serve more than 30,000 students this year, a new high for the district.
"After day one, we were at 29,926 students," said Community Relations Coordinator Terry Koehne. "We are up by over 800 new enrollees during the summer and we were anticipating somewhere around 500. I anticipate we will be (at 30,000) within a few weeks."
Because most of the new students are elementary age Dougherty Valley residents, Koehne attributes the spike in enrollment to increased construction.
"I think part of it could be just the off and on aspect of construction because there still are 3,000 units yet to be built in Dougherty Valley," he said.
Many of the students will attend one of the area's four elementary schools, several of which house over 1,000 students already. Amidst concerns of overcrowdings, SRVUSD's Board of Education was able to maintain kindergarten through third grade class sizes at 26 students.
"The main drawback is space considerations, but we're doing everything we can to make sure that we can house the students," Koehne said. "I think we're doing a great job accommodating them. The reality is most school districts in California are shrinking, so we're not complaining."
As of Thursday, Aug. 25, San Ramon Valley Unified has 13,845 elementary school students, 6,914 middle schoolers and 8,662 high school students at its 35 campuses and does not have plans to build additional schools. Plans to construct an additional 6-classroom wing at Quail Run Elementary are currently underway.
"I don't think this is something that has shocked us by any means, the slight increase over our projected numbers is a pleasant surprise," Koehne noted.