by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday reviewed an enrollment update for the 2011-12 school year.
According to a document from Superintendent Jeff Schuler, the overall first-day enrollment this year is 1 percent (66 students) higher than the start of the 2010-11 school year. This is because the incoming freshmen class is larger than the graduated class of 2011.
The document also states that first-day middle school enrollment in the district is down four students from the previous school year, while K-5 enrollment is up 41 students. However, these numbers are likely to adjust by the time sixth-day enrollment is reported.
“Those numbers are going to shift slightly. We don’t additionally report out our first enrollment until sixth-day enrollment, so we almost always have a few more kids on our rolls first day than we do sixth day,” Schuler said. “There are almost always a few students that moved over the summer and do not let us know that until the start of school. So these numbers, if they move any direction, will likely come down just slightly. The trend on that is not significant-we’re talking about maybe a handful of kids … maybe five to 10 kids overall.”
According to the enrollment report, the current enrollment pattern in the district will continue for the next four years, at which point high school enrollment will taper off just short of 1,500 students, while middle school enrollment has already reached a plateau and will stay in the 1,100-1,700 during the next five years. The document states that K-5 enrollment has been stable over the last four years.
“Overall, the bottom line is that it continues to point to a very stable enrollment trend. You are not going to see great fluctuations in enrollment over the next four to five years,” Schuler said.