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

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...

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  1. Good thing thing the new school referendum didn’t pass

    The projections are low.

    I wonder how many fed up Lincolnwood parents sent their kids to private schools. I bet their enrollments are up.

    D65 board members said district enrollment is so high that we needed a new fifth ward school. Schakowsky, Gabel and Evanston aldermen all campaigned for the new $28 million school.

    Remember that Nov. 6.

  2. Good thing no 5th ward school built

    With the teachers almost striking.. and now the actual numbers coming in low… it's a very good thing that the 5th ward school referendum failed. 

    I'm very disappointed in Hardy Murphy and the majority of the school board at D65, with the exception of Eileen Budde and Richard Rykhus.  The rest of the board was out there essentially campaigning for a new school, while simultaneously denying there was a budget crisis. Clearly, there was a crisis considering they were planning on slashing arts/gym to make ends meet.

    The next election can not come soon enough.

    We need leadership that will tell the whole truth and stop trying to divide the community by color and class lines. We are one community, and need a leader that can bring all sides together while managing the money well.



  3. Projected kids gone private?

    The kids have gone private (including. myself)…dont want to deal with Dist. 65 and its Superintendent.  Question is, will they care enough to find out why?

  4. More help at Willard

    With 25 in the kindergarten class at Willard, can we please have a reading specialist, or other certified support, in the classroom more often.  The teachers took a modest raise and they should be rewarded for that. 

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