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Yorkville schools see continued enrollment increase after 6-day mark

File photo: Yorkville High School students congregated by the Learning Stairs during passing period on the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Students observed an abbreviated schedule on their first day back, receiving syllabi from their teachers, and finding their way.
File photo: Yorkville High School students congregated by the Learning Stairs during passing period on the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Students observed an abbreviated schedule on their first day back, receiving syllabi from their teachers, and finding their way.

YORKVILLE – Despite a few Yorkville School District 115 schools seeing decreased enrollment from last year, overall enrollment continues to climb in the district year to year, preliminary numbers show.

According to school district six day enrollment data, there were a total of 6,349 students enrolled in Yorkville schools for the current school year. That is 68 more students reported than the 2018-2019 school year and continuing the trend of increased enrollment since the 2001-2002 school year.

Circle Center Grade School had the largest enrollment increase over the past year, with 482 students last year and 537 this year, according to the data. Bristol Bay Elementary School, Grande Reserve Elementary School, Yorkville Grade School and Yorkville Intermediate School saw enrollment decreases in the last year. Grande Reserve had the largest decrease with a drop of 17 students. Last year the school had 545 students, while this year the school shows an enrollment of 528,

The biggest enrollment increase the district saw in the last 19 years was between the 2005-2006 school year, where there were 3,561 total students enrolled and the 2006-2007 school year. Between the two years, 709 more students enrolled in the district, according to the data.

The 2006-2007 school year was the first year where early childhood enrollment numbers were recorded, according to the data. There were 39 early childhood students enrolled that year. This year is the largest early childhood enrollment recorded so far, with 115 students enrolled.

The numbers come after school district officials had said they are expecting nearly 500 more students to enroll in its schools within the decade, according to a recent enrollment trends and demographics study.

Superintendent Tim Shimp said the six day enrollment numbers will be presented to District 115 Board of Education members during their next committee meetings.

The school board's committee meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 at the district's Center for Innovation, 604 Center Parkway.

• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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