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September 29th, 2017

At last night’s School Board meeting, I presented District 57’s Fall 2017 Enrollment Report. This includes data for this school year, as well as prior-year comparisons, analyses of trends and future projections. Our growing enrollment is a factor in the District’s funding challenges and our current discussions about whether to put a tax referendum on the ballot. So I want to make sure you’re aware of where enrollment currently stands and what we expect to see in the future. Here are some key points from the presentation:

= Current enrollment for 2017-2018 school year is 2,222 students. This represents an 18 percent increase – 403 students – over the past 20 years. The most significant growth occurred over the past 10 years – 11 percent, or 243 students.

= Individual enrollment at each school has shown a steady increase over the past five years. Current enrollment numbers are 454 students at Westbrook, 542 at Fairview, 442 at Lions Park and 784 at Lincoln.

= The District is always concerned about class sizes. Administration prefers to use guidelines of 20-23 students in kindergarten to second grades and 22-25 in third to fifth grades. Unfortunately, a lack of resources prohibits our ability to stick to these numbers. In 2011, the Board of Education had to implement staffing cuts to deal with the financial situation. This caused class sizes to increase to 25-30 students in kindergarten to fifth. This school year, class sizes fall within the following ranges: 22-26 students in kindergarten to second and 24-26 in third to fifth. These class sizes are higher than we would like, but adding class sections requires funds that we do not have. We also have limited space available for extra classrooms.

= Enrollment has steadily increased over the past 15 years and is projected to continue to rise over the next five: 2,230 in 2018, 2,260 in 2019, 2,264 in 2020, 2,293 in 2021 and 2,288 in 2022. Enrollment projections become less reliable the further into the future they go.

= Following a one-year spike in kindergarten enrollment, we have returned to our target in the 190s. It would not be wise to make a significant change to the kindergarten target based on one year of data. However, we will watch this enrollment closely in the next two years to determine if the target needs to be adjusted downward. With a return to our typical target in the 190s, Westbrook should have adequate space to house its enrollment.

= Space at Fairview has been of concern as it reached capacity this year with 23 sections. The underestimation of current second grade and return to typical kindergarten indicate that no additional space will be necessary. Fairview projections indicate 22 sections in 2018–2019. Projections also indicate that Westbrook and Lions Park will have adequate space. Lincoln will continue to be very full but should experience a drop of approximately 20 students.

= We continue to experience a steady influx of new students transferring into the District while a more modest number transfer out. While it takes a significant enrollment spike at a specific grade level to impact section numbers, overall enrollment increases do affect class size. In addition, assessment and assimilation of new students to our District continue to be an important educational factor.

The full enrollment report can be found on the District 57 website at this link. (click here) In addition, if you would like to learn more about enrollment and how it figures into District finances and the potential referendum, I encourage you to attend an upcoming Community Forum, where we will give in-depth presentations, and participants will provide input and ask questions. The Forums will be held in the Fairview Multi-Purpose Room on the following days:

= Thursday, October 12, 7-8 p.m.

= Saturday, October 14, 9-10 a.m.

= Wednesday, October 18, 7-8 p.m.

Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools
Mount Prospect School District 57
701 W. Gregory
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: 847-394-7300
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