Lincolnwood enrollments below projections

Enrollments at Lincolnwood Elementary School this year are below earlier projections by some 36 students, according to a memo prepared for the Finance Committee meeting Tuesday of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board.

The biggest difference occurred with kindergarten students. Instead of a projected 82 students and an allocation of four teachers, the actual enrollment turned out to be 60 students, with three teachers, resulting in an average class size of 20 students.

Nevertheless, the fourth grade, where the district was projecting 76 students and three teachers, the actual numbers came in at 79 students.

Earlier in the year, parents of fourth grade students at Lincolnwood expressed concern that only three teachers had been allocated for a class projected at 76 students, which would have resulted in an average class size of 25.3.

 In reaction, the administration added a fourth section, which, with the additional three students, lowers the average class size to 19.

Overall, enrollment at Lincolnwood came in at 410 students, compared with the projected number of 446.

First grade has 75, compared with projected 84.

Second grade has 59, compared with 62.

Third grade has 82, compared with 83.

And fifth grade has 55, compared with a projection of 59.

The memo, from Chief Information Officer Lora Taira, also compared actual enrollement at two middle schools with earlier projections.

Haven Middle School enrolled 740 students, compared with a projection of 744, while Nichols Middle School came in at 543 students, compared with a projected 554.


Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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