D-302 enrollment increases
by Keith Beebe
KANELANDâ€”Kaneland School District 302â€™s enrollment is up 49 studentsâ€”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.
â€œThe numbers shared last night will likely change before the start of school with last-minute registrations,â€ he said. â€œAt the next meeting, I will also do an enrollment report with our first-day numbers.â€
The largest increase occurred in the high schoolâ€™s enrollment, which is up 2.7 percent from 2009-10.
â€œThis was expected as the freshman class is much larger than the graduation class from last year,â€ 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 yearâ€™s first-day totals, while enrollment numbers for both John Stewart and John Shields Elementary School are currently down 1.3 and 4.8 percentâ€”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.
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