New Elementary School to be Built in Woodland Hills

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Waukee school planned in W.D.M.The Waukee school district received approval tonight to build a third elementary school in West Des Moines.Members of the city’s planning and zoning commission voted 7-0 to support the project. Site plans will gobefore the City Council Monday for final approval.Construction of Woodland Hills Elementary School is slated to begin this spring at the intersection ofStagecoach Drive and 95th Street. It will open to students in 2013-14.The school will serve a portion of families who live south of Interstate Highway 80 in West Des Moines.Formal attendance boundary lines have yet to be established, said Waukee Superintendent Dave Wilkerson.Woodland Hills will be the district’s seventh school serving students in preschool through fifth grade.Waukee is the state’s fastest growing school district, with most of the enrollment increases occurring in theearly grades. The district’s high school class includes 313 students, while 695 children attend kindergartenat Waukee schools.The school system covers 55-square-miles and includes portions of Clive, Urbandale and West Des Moinesin addition to Waukee. Total student enrollment is 7,036.Woodland Hills will be located in the former Michael’s Landing development. It is expected to serve 325 to400 students in its first year, but will have the capacity to accommodate up to 750 students, Wilkerson said.Read the full story in next Tuesday’s West Des Moines Register.