The Moon Area School District will soon conduct several studies examining growth and demographics in Moon and Crescent, said school board president Sandra McCurdy.
The school district is now soliciting bids for outside firms, which will collect the data and present its findings to the school board.
"It's really so that we can have a plan (for the district)," McCurdy said.
McCurdy said the district will sponsor an organizational assessment, looking at administrative functions and other jobs in the district, as well as a demographics study of the school district.
"It's about taking a look at where we're at right now and how we're changing," she said. "It's not so much about streamlining. It's about understanding where we're at."
The studies will include a look at the use of district facilities, though McCurdy cautioned closing one of Moon's five elementary buildings or furloughing staffers is not an objective of the effort.
"I don't think this should be alarming for anyone," McCurdy said. "We do it in business all the time, and you do it so you can make educated decisions."
The district is slated to complete its latest five-year strategic plan in 2013, and the data collection will feed into that effort, McCurdy said. The school district conducts similar studies every few years, she said
McCurdy said the board will select firms taking part in the study in October. She expects the project to take 60 to 90 days to complete.
The district will also create advisory committees to review findings from the project.
"The intent is to understand where we have the best economic oportunities and look at our options," she said. "There is no agenda. We're just trying to get information."
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