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Lincolnwood surprise: Fewer K’s

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A sharp drop in the number of kindergarten students has altered the projections for Lincolnwood Elementary School in northwest Evanston, but the middle school it feeds into has the opposite problem.

The reasons why and what can be done about it are subjects for discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 Finance Committee.

Back in June, district administrators were expecting 82 kindergarteners to show up at the school, located at McDaniel and Colfax, but only 60 actually enrolled, a decline from the projections of about 27 percent.

By the time these students advance to the fifth grade, total enrollment for the school is projected to be 353, compared to this year’s enrollment of 407.

Meanwhile, at Haven Middle School, which Lincolnwood feeds into, enrollment is expected to grow from 743 this year to 840 five years from now.

In terms of the number of classrooms needed, Lincolnwood’s demand is expected to decline from 21 sections this year to 18 sections in 2017-18, while at Haven, the number of sections is expected to grow from 31 this year to 35 in 2017-18.

Nichols Middle School is expected to experience even more rapid growth, from 542 students in 23 sections his year to 752 students in 31 sections in 2017-18.

There are many strategies available to the district for handling these fluctuations, from redistricting attendance areas to reallocating the number of students in the magnet schools that draw from the entire district.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

 

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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