Last May, Davis County residents voted in favor of a $40 million bond issue targeted at rapid growth in the school district population.

During the past eight years, that population has grown by 33 percent, from 43,000 students in 1983 to 57,000 this year."In terms of sheer numbers, we're the most rapidly growing district in the state," said Rich Kendell, Davis School District superintendent.

Though most of the attention has been focused on a new $28.5 million high school under construction in north Layton, the bond has also provided $5.4 million for remodeling and new additions at Centerville, North Layton, Syracuse and Kaysville junior high schools.

Here's a rundown of each project:

Centerville Junior

The $2 million Centerville Junior project, most of which will be used toward 12 new classrooms being built onto the building's front, is designed to increase the school's student capacity from 1,009 to 1,337, said Assistant Superintendent Steve Ronnenkamp.

The school's enrollment is expected to be 1,289 this fall.

Also included in the Centerville Junior project, which will be completed in time for classes this fall, are enlargements of the commons area, the cafeteria and remodeling of the administrative offices, said Kendell.

North Layton Junior

Architectural work is underway on plans to add 10 classrooms to North Layton Junior High. At a cost of about $1.8 million, the project will also enlarge the cafeteria, gymnasium and commons area, Kendell said.

Scheduled to be completed by the fall of 1992, the project will increase the school's capacity by 273 students to a total capacity of 1,339. School officials expect enrollment next year to be 1,271.

Syracuse Junior High

Ten new classrooms will be built onto Syracuse Junior in a $1.1 million project that will also provide new science and computer laboratories.

Scheduled to start next fall, the project should be completed by August 1992, Kendell said.

The new classrooms will increase the school's capacity by 273 to a total of 1,025. Officials project enrollment this fall to be around 974.

Kaysville Junior

Classroom space is not yet a challenge at Kaysville Junior, whose capacity of 1,228 will comfortably accommodate the 1,224 students expected to enroll this fall.

However, the school needs a larger cafeteria and vocational education shops, remodeling of science classrooms and possibly some new physical education space, Kendell said.

The district will likely begin the $500,000 Kaysville Junior project this summer, hoping to finish it "sometime in 1992," he said.

Two other junior high schools - Farmington and Central - recently received $3 million worth of remodeling, which added 11 classrooms to Central and 10 to Farmington. Those projects were funded by money from a previous bond, Kendell said.

Though the additions and improvements will help keep pace with bulging enrollments into the mid-1990s, Kendell said the district will have to take other measures, such as possibly year-round schedules.

To make the junior high schools suitable for year-round schedules, the district has allocated $3 million of the new bond money for air conditioning. Ronnenkamp speculated Central and North Layton will probably be the first schools to be forced into the year-round schedule.


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Improvements scheduled at Davis schools:

New high school

in north Layton

Centerville Junior High

North Layton Junior High

Syracuse Junior High

Kaysville Junior High