D-302 enrollment increases

By on August 15, 2010

by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Kaneland School District 302’s enrollment is up 49 students—a 1 percent increase from the 2009-10 school year, Superintendent Jeff Schuler told the School Board on Monday.

Schuler expects enrollment to be slightly higher by Aug. 25.

“The numbers shared last night will likely change before the start of school with last-minute registrations,” he said. “At the next meeting, I will also do an enrollment report with our first-day numbers.”

The largest increase occurred in the high school’s enrollment, which is up 2.7 percent from 2009-10.

“This was expected as the freshman class is much larger than the graduation class from last year,” Schuler said.

The incoming freshmen class has 352 students, and the 2009-10 senior class had 303.

Kaneland Middle School enrollment is currently up 1.6 percent, or 17 students, from last year’s first-day totals, while enrollment numbers for both John Stewart and John Shields Elementary School are currently down 1.3 and 4.8 percent—8 and 31 students, respectively.

The district, which cut its teaching staff by 10.5 percent at the end of the 2009-10 school year, does not plan to hire more teachers despite the enrollment increase, Schuler said.

The numbers
Kaneland enrollment estimates:
High School 1,314
Middle School 1,112
Blackberry Elementary 459
John Stewart Elementary 611
John Shields Elementary 610
McDole Elementary 614