Henry County Schools reports capacity study findings

Photo of Henry County Schools district utilization rate (HCS photo)

Henry County Schools hired MGT Consulting Group in fall 2019 to complete a classroom capacity and utilization study for the school district. The study reviewed existing classroom usage during the 2019–20 school year and forecast future enrollment and space needs.

Henry County Schools had a student enrollment of 42,466 students at the time of the study, reflecting a growth rate of 5.16% since 2010–11. District enrollment is projected to increase 6.6% over the next ten years to 45,752 students in year 2030.

Photo of Henry County Schools utilization rate (HCS photo)
(Henry County Schools photo)

A school’s capacity is defined as the number of students a facility can accommodate. Utilization rate is calculated by dividing the current or projected enrollment of the school by the capacity.

Within Henry County Schools, the district-wide utilization rate is 69%. The rate is projected to increase to 72% utilization in 2025 and 74% in 2030. The study also looked at individual schools.

Elementary school enrollment is consistent, decreasing two percent from 2010 to 2017 and projected to increase by 439 students (2.5%) between 2020 and 2030. Out of the district’s twenty-eight elementary schools, only two are projected to see a utilization rate of 95% or greater in the years 2025 or 2030.

Much of the district’s forecast growth is expected to occur in middle and high schools. Enrollment is expected to increase by 7.8% in middle schools (837 students) and 9.7% in high schools (1,563 students) through year 2030.

School-Level Utilization Rate

Three schools were above a 95% utilization rate in the 2019–20 school year with an additional five schools forecast to pass 95% in either year 2025 or 2030. Schools not listed below are expected to remain below 95% utilization for the next ten years.

2019–2020 Actuals
  • Dutchtown MS – 96%
  • Dutchtown HS – 101%
  • Ola MS – 98%
2025 Projected
  • Dutchtown MS – 102%
  • Dutchtown HS – 114%
  • Locust Grove HS – 97%
  • Wesley Lakes Elementary – 102%
  • Ola MS – 109%
  • Ola HS – 100%
  • Union Grove MS – 99%
2030 Projected
  • Dutchtown MS – 104%
  • Dutchtown HS – 115%
  • Unity Grove Elementary – 96%
  • Locust Grove HS – 101%
  • Ola MS – 109%
  • Ola HS – 103%

Values less than 95% are not printed above.

The results of the capacity and utilization study have been used to help develop the recommended projects for education SPLOST VI, scheduled to be on the ballot in 2021. The E-SPLOST VI project list in its entirety will be presented at the next board of education meeting on December 14.

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