Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Freddie A. Banks, Jr.


This study was conducted to address the problem of the growing student population and potential overcrowding of St. Joseph-Ogden High School. It examined the extent of need, best location, and estimated cost of an addition to the high school. The extent of need was established by determining the assignable space percentage, the functional capacity, and the future enrollment of the high school. The best location was established by determining educational, classroom, and square footage needs and then determining what available property would satisfy those needs. The construction cost was established by multiplying the total square footage of the proposed addition by $100 per square foot. Since the construction cost represents only 75% of the total project cost, the estimated total project cost was determined by dividing the construction cost by 0.75.

Based on the enrollment projection of 530 students by the 2001-02 school year, the St. Joseph-Ogden High School board and administration strongly need to consider building an addition to the high school. Further, strong consideration should be given to building an addition with six classrooms, each measuring 1,000 square feet in size. Of the three locations that would accommodate an addition of six classrooms, the site to the south of the 1976 addition was determined to be the best choice. Although the construction of an addition with six classrooms could cost as much as $973,600, delaying a decision on building an addition could prove to be cost prohibitive as construction costs continue to rise. The employment of a professional architect and careful planning should help to control costs.

Although this study was limited to St. Joseph-Ogden High School, it is hoped that other school districts facing similar situations of overcrowding would find this study useful. The formulae and procedures used to establish the extent of need, best location, and estimated cost of an addition to the high school should be applicable to personnel in other districts considering building additions to their schools. School boards and administrators of other districts should be able to make decisions concerning their own building projects using the information presented in this study.