|What's more credible - promises,|
or this hard data chart that could
be titled, "Oops!"?
Contrary to Council staff's bizarre dismissal and petulant belittling of the Whitman cluster PTSA's analysis, the hard data in fact supports the PTSA - not the Council staff.
Just examine the above table (click to enlarge). Year after year, just as Wood Acres PTA President Jason Sartori testified, MCPS has utterly failed to predict the correct number of incoming students. "Over the last 14 years, our cluster’s six-year projections — the ones used for capacity planning purposes — have been off by an average of nearly 14%," Sartori told the Council on February 2. "That’s more than 800 students!"
The only instance where MCPS "got it right" was only the result, ironically, of MCPS "getting it wrong" over a decade ago. Enrollment fell below projections at Wood Acres Elementary in the 2015-2016 school year, because many parents decided they didn't want their kids to go to the holding school while an addition was added to the building. That addition, currently under construction, was only needed because MCPS severely under-forecast enrollment when the current Wood Acres building was constructed. Only a few years after the new Wood Acres opened, there were 6 trailers outside to handle the "unexpected" overflow.
And let's not forget the recent, shocking revelation by a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School parent that a full half of the students there live in multifamily housing. You sure won't get that information from the Planning Board or the Council staff! Then consider that Westbard Avenue apartment and condo buildings generate two to five times the number of students that a building elsewhere in southwest Montgomery County.
Ask the kid who's taking gym class in a hallway at Pyle Middle School if there's plenty of room.