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posted: 11/22/2013 4:40 AM

Attendance actually dropping in Dist. 204

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Attendance actually dropping in Dist. 204

Indian Prairie School District 204's recently released enrollment report reveals that just one year after graduating its first senior class from the Metea Valley, the third high school, District 204's total high school enrollment declined by 80 students. Yes, it's rather shocking considering all the cries of overcrowding we heard back in 2006 when the district claimed enrollment was going to skyrocket.

What about total enrollment you ask?

2009 enrollment -- 29,735.

2010 enrollment -- 29,468.

2011 enrollment -- 29,216.

2012 enrollment -- 28,947.

2013 enrollment -- 28,641.

Yes, you read that correctly too, total enrollment hasn't increased, it has actually declined by 1094 students in the four years since the third high school opened.

No overcrowding, no mass influx of students, just a steady and consistent decline.

The numbers don't come even close to the sky high numbers the district's administration touted in their scare campaign to sell the tax increase referendum to the public.

One can only wonder how many of District 204 schools will be closed by the time the $150 million that was borrowed to build this boondoggle is finally paid off.

Paul White


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