As the Town of Avon and Washington Township have grown, student enrollment in Avon Schools has grown, too. As a school corporation, our strategy has been to manage growth by maximizing each square foot of our school buildings, controlling costs by expanding existing schools before building new, and minimizing disruption to students, families, and employees by only making changes when necessary.
The information on this page looks into the past to tell the story of sustainable, strategic growth in Avon Schools. It also looks into the future to show how district leaders are charting a course for continuing growth.
If you have questions, or if you'd like to know more, contact the Avon Schools Administration Center at (317) 544-6000.
Is Construction Necessary?
The Avon Board of School Trustees considers all options before approving construction projects. They utilize the following questions to guide decision-making.
How do we most fully optimize our usage of current facilities?
Avon's administrators and educators are skilled at making creative use of every corner of our 12 school buildings. It is not uncommon to discover fitness classes using hallways, school conference rooms being utilized as small group or testing spaces, and areas of school buildings being used for purposes for which they were never intended.
Can we 'redistrict new developments before homes are built?
After a new housing development is approved, but before families move in, we can assign the students who will live there away from an elementary school that is at or near capacity to an elementary school with room for additional students. This process can help us keep enrollment balanced without moving students who are already connected to their school.
Is it possible to manage temporarily with portable classrooms?
When it is clear that there is a growth bubble (i.e., one or two large grades) or that overall enrollment growth is taking place at a faster rate than construction process can occur, administrators add portable classrooms. These secure, climate controlled classrooms help learning to continue unimpeded while permanent spaces can be built.
Avon Community School Corporation was the third-fastest-growing school district in Indiana by net enrollment increase during the pandemic years of 2019-2021 (Indiana Department of Education).
Temporary classrooms are a short-term solution to manage growing enrollment while maintaining optimal class sizes. In 2021-22, 5 units were in use (3 at Hickory and 2 at AIS East). At the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, we are adding 7 more for a total of 12 (4 at AIS West, 1 at Maple, 1 at Cedar, and 1 at Pine Tree).
The 2022-23 school year will be the first in Avon's history that begins with more than 10,500 students enrolled from preschool through 12th grade.
Because debt from previous building projects is being paid off, current renovation and expansion projects will be completed with no impact to the taxpayer or use of referendum funds.