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The administration of Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools is projecting less than a 1 percent increase in the number of students enrolled for the school year that begins next week.

In an enrollment update prepared for tonight’s meeting of the school board, Chief Information Officer Lora Taira projects total enrollment in grades kindergarten through eighth grade to be 7,234, or 61 more than the 7,173 students actually enrolled last year, based upon the district’s Opening of Schools Report issued last October.

So far, some 7,085 students have actually enrolled, but that number changes on a daily basis as the new school year approaches.

While 772 students have enrolled so far in kindergarten, the administration expects that number to swell to 826. Last year there were 824 kindergartners on hand by the time the Opening of Schools Report was compiled.

The first day of school this year is next Monday, Aug. 25.

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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