New High School FAQs

In the last 5 years, the District has engaged the community in two significant efforts to best plan for our future (Future Ready & Strategic Vision). As a result, classroom additions were completed at Discovery Elementary, Orchard Farm Middle, Orchard Farm High, and the Early Learning Center. Enrollment continues to grow and is currently outpacing the demographer projections. For example, K-5 enrollment is ahead of the projected "high growth" for 2024. Additionally, the three smallest grade levels in the district are all at the High School. 

Following the strategic vision committee's work in 2017, the District's attempts to expand the main campus were not successful. In 2018, using Prop R funds, the district purchased 100 acres on the intersection of Highway B and Boschertown Road. 

The Board of Education has positioned the district well as we've grown. However, now we are exploring plans to build a new high school to meet the demands of our increased enrollment. A new high school would increase space for all grade levels. 

While the district has maintained the lowest tax rate in St. Charles County, an increase in property taxes would be required to construct a new High School.

OFSD is seeking your input related to the District constructing a new high school facility to meet the demands of our increased enrollment. We are using a tool called Thoughtexchange to gather your feedback. Please participate and share it with your neighbors! 🦅

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NEW HIGH SCHOOL FAQs

 

1) From my understanding, a new High School would raise the tax rate? Our current tax rate of $4.43 is the lowest in St. Charles County and has been for many years. To construct a new facility of this size would require a tax increase. As you see from the table below, our tax rate is currently .22 cents lower than the next closest district. 


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2) If a new high school is constructed, where would it go? As part of the district’s strategic planning, in 2018, we were able to purchase property at Highway B and Boschertown Road using Proposition R funds.  This occurred after the District had exhausted all efforts to acquire adjoining property to expand the main campus. 

 

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3) How would a new High School support enrollment growth at all grade levels?

The district would continue to operate one high school. The current high school and middle school would serve as spaces for grades K-8 to use and grow into, allowing the district to be prepared for enrollment growth. 

Enrollment
*Grades K-5 Enrollment currently exceeds where the demographer projected it to be in 2023-24
*Grades 6-8 Enrollment is the lowest it will be for at least the next 4 years (without any additional growth)
*Grades 9-12 Enrollment projects to increase every year moving forward.  Currently, the three smallest grade levels in the district are all at the high school. 

Current Building Capacity
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Grades K-5 (3 potential open classrooms)
*Grades 6-8 (1 potential open classroom)
*Grades 9-12 (No open classrooms)

                       

4) What type of amenities would a new High School include?  All existing amenities will be duplicated at a new high school. Previously, our strategic vision committee identified a Performing Arts Theater and Athletic Stadium as priorities for the district. Orchard Farm is currently the only district in the county without a dedicated performing arts theater and the only high school without an all-access turf field or MSHAA approved track.

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