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New projections for City Schools of Decatur show enrollment peaking in 2023-2024

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New projections for City Schools of Decatur show enrollment peaking in 2023-2024

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Enrollment projections provided by CSD consultant Cooperative Strategies. Click to enlarge.

If enrollment projections provided to City Schools of Decatur are correct, the school system’s enrollment will peak in the 2023-2024 school year with a total student population of 6,077.

After that, according to CSD consultant Cooperative Strategies, enrollment will begin to slowly decline to 5,855 students in the 2028-2029 school year. The current enrollment count is 5,546 students.

The School Board discussed the report at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Superintendent David Dude said school officials are keeping track of the numbers which will inform how the school district spends money in the future.

“We are working with the City of Decatur hand in hand in this,” Dude said. “This is crucial information to pay attention to while the city grows and changes.”

The consultant provided some alternate projections that assumed lower-than-projected growth and higher-than-projected growth. But the consultant recommends anticipating 6,077 students by 2023.

“The recommended [projection] illustrates the most likely direction of the district based on more recent trends,” the consultant’s report says.

The report also includes information about live birth rates and housing permits issued by the city of Decatur. To read the full report, click here.

Editor’s note: Writer Gabriel Owens contributed to this story.

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