Student body shrinks by 116, according to unofficial tally

Student enrollment in Woodstock School District 200 is down this year, according to preliminary data from the district.

District 200 has 6,444 students enrolled for the 2017-18 school year, 116 fewer than last year, which ended with a total enrollment of 6,560.

This year’s enrollment figures were collected Aug. 24, the sixth day of classes, when public schools in Illinois report their data to the Illinois State Board of Education. The numbers are preliminary and could change.

The data shows 778 students enrolled in prekindergarten and kindergarten, 2,232 elementary school students, 1,471 middle school students and 1,925 high school students. The remainder of the district’s students are enrolled in other programs.

This is the fifth consecutive school year District 200 has seen its student body shrink. Enrollment peaked during the 2013-14 school year, when it had 6,675 students, according to district documents.

Stagnant or falling enrollment in District 200 has been a major issue for the Board of Education, which over the past year has asked a committee to consider ways to use up extra classroom space. A proposal to close Dean Street Elementary School is expected to be voted on by the board this school year.

As for parochial schools in Woodstock, St. Mary Catholic School has 227 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade, while Marian Central Catholic High School has 663 students, according to school representatives.

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