Pennsbury School District [†]
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Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Falls Township and Tullytown Borough are part of the Pennsbury School District. In making mid- and long-range facilities plans, the school district takes into account school enrollment trends as well as building and educational needs. Total enrollment peaked at 11,429 in 1999, and has generally declined since then.
The school district bases its future enrollment projections on a variety of factors including pupil counts in housing of different types and development activity. During past decades, the district has seen the number of pupils per household drop. In the 1960s and 1970s, the average number of students per dwelling unit was as high as 0.86; this number had declined to 0.51 students per housing unit by 2015.
Diminished development activity also acts to stem growth in the student population. The district's feeder municipalities are at or approaching buildout. Age-restricted senior housing has been a primary development type in recent years. Most recently, there have been smaller, newly constructed townhouse developments. There has been increased turnover of older homes throughout the district.
Birth rates have fluctuated over the last seven years, but overall, have trended upward since 2011.
The school district employs the "campus concept" for its middle schools in a central location at Makefield, Big Oak, and Derbyshire Roads to bring together students from all parts of the district and to allow for shared facilities, such as athletic fields. Similarly, Pennsbury High School occupies a consolidated high school campus in Falls Township comprising Pennsbury High East Campus and Pennsbury High West Campus.
The district began the 2012-2013 school year with one high school, three middle schools and eleven elementary schools. Due to declining enrollment, the district formed two committees to evaluate future enrollments and building use. The Village Park Elementary School in the Fairless Hills section of Falls Township was closed in September 2013, based on the plan drafted by an elementary school redistricting committee composed of equal numbers of parents and school administrators. The plan entailed redistricting a total of 650 students into the remaining 10 elementary schools.
Most of the elementary schools have been renovated since 2003, with improvements to the HVAC system and/or addition of classroom and library space. The exception is Edgewood Elementary, which will be evaluated for improvement needs. School officials will also evaluate the Charles Boehm Middle School for renovation needs. Pennwood Middle School completed a major renovation during the 2017-2018 school year.
† Source: Lower Makefield Township Master Plan Update 2019, www.lmt.org, accessed September, 2019.
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