While more students helps the district financially, continued enrollment increases of about 1,000 students each year may be contributing to overcrowding at some district schools.
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District board is planning a public study session from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the district's education center on Old Orchard Drive in Danville to discuss the challenges related to the growing student population.
Schools most impacted are Live Oak and Hidden Hills elementary schools in San Ramon, which both have more than 1,000 students with a "desired capacity" of 900. This growth has been attributed to the newer developments in Dougherty Valley, which is the source of most of the enrollment growth, according to the district.
"To be proactive, we will begin to examine our enrollment issues, particularly in the Dougherty Valley," Superintendent Steve Enoch said in a statement. "We will put before the board and the public numerous options, while being open to other ideas that might surface through the upcoming public meetings."
Also to be discussed is the topic of boundaries, with recommendations affecting families within the Lawrence Road area of Danville where children attend Golden View or Sycamore Valley elementary schools; San Ramon's West Branch neighborhood in the Coyote Creek Elementary School attendance area; and the Stonegate neighborhood boundary in Alamo that may impact families attending Rancho Romero School but who live closer to Alamo School.
The topic of overwhelmed schools is also part of the debate over the expansion of the urban growth boundary in San Ramon, which its voters will decide on with Measure W. Some say adding more homes would lead to further crowding to Dougherty Valley schools in particular, but SRVUSD spokesman Terry Koehne said Measure W is not part of this discussion and that the school district would not take a stance.
Read the study session overview for more information about Wednesday's meeting.