Wayzata School District creates task force in response to student growth 

A row of Meadow Ridge Elementary kindergarteners get ready to head inside for class on the school’s opening day this past fall. (Sun Sailor file photo by Jason Jenkins)

Wayzata Public Schools, in response to continuing significant student growth, has created a task force to review student enrollment, housing trends and demographic data, and seeks a recommendation to the school board about how to best accommodate the growth at the elementary level.

According to a recent housing and enrollment study completed by consulting geographer Dick Carlstrom, the district expects approximately another 1,000 K-12 students by 2019 if current housing trends continue. At the beginning of this school year, there were approximately 11,200 students enrolled in the district (4,998 elementary students, 2,768 middle school students and 3,429 students at Wayzata High).

The study indicates new housing developments are going up two to three times more rapidly than developers had projected in the north, and there is stable enrollment growth in the southern part of the district as older homes turn over to young families.

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