With population expected to continue to grow in the south metro area, Littleton Public Schools is starting to plan for the future.
The district is putting together a long-range planning committee that will be charged with reviewing facilities, program capacities, transportation routes and capital requirements and determining what improvements may be required in the next five to 10 years.
“It’s taking a step back and looking at where we need to be going toward,” district Chief Financial Officer Diane Doney said.
The 12 to 18 member committee will be made up of representatives from other LPS committees, parent-teacher organization members, members of the architectural and construction industry, school administrators and people from the community at-large. It will hold its first meeting next month, but the specific date and location have yet to be established. The membership of the committee is yet to be finalized.
Doney hopes for the committee to make a presentation to the board of education in November.
“It will be preliminary,” she said. “I don’t think it will be a final product by any means.”
Some of the committee’s work is already underway — the district has contracted with consultants to perform studies of its demographic trends and enrollment forecasting.
Doney said that the committee will look at the state of school facilities, including if any will need a full renovation similar to Runyon Elementary School, which re-opened at the beginning of this school year after being closed for a year for a full interior remodel and roof replacement.
The members will also examine the potential for population growth within the district — which could necessitate building new schools — and growth outside of the district, which could affect traffic patterns through the district.
She specifically noted Sterling Ranch, the planned community near Roxborough State Park that is expected to house more than 30,000 residents upon completion, which should happen within the next 20 years.
“I’m concerned about the traffic that’s going to hit our major arteries going north,” she said.