Hays USD 489 will have about 100 fewer students in 2018-19 if enrollment projections hold true.
Assistant Superintendent Shanna Dinkel will discuss the projections and enrollment information with the USD 489 school board at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Board Room of the Rockwell Administration Center, 323 W. 12th.
According to figures in Monday’s agenda packet, the district is projecting a total of 2,912 students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the coming school year. That’s down 102 from the previous year, according to the annual headcount report on the Kansas Department of Education’s data reporting site.
The projected drop would be the first for USD 489 since the 2013-14 school year, when there were 2,806 K-12 students, down 54 from the previous year.
According to the 2018-19 projections, the biggest drop would be in the elementary grades, with a decrease of 60 students, and more than half of that from the first grade with a decrease of 34 students.
The grade with the second-largest drop would be seventh grade, with 28 fewer students. Thanks to sixth grade numbers staying level and an increase of 23 students in eighth grade, middle school numbers overall are projected to decrease by only five students.
At Hays High School, enrollment is projected to drop by 37, with only the 10th grade seeing an increase in students.
Online enrollment for USD 489 began July 16. Parents can pay enrollment fees online, or if they wish to pay by cash or check, can fill out forms online by Aug. 1 and use the “speedy checkout” at central enrollment Aug. 1 or 2.
At central enrollment, parents can meet with principals and support staff. Enrollment will be for all buildings, and translators will be available.
The board is also scheduled Monday to vote on purchasing and installing playground equipment for Wilson Elementary School for $78,350. The Wilson Home and School Association will provide the funds from its savings, along with a $5,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan.
Also on the agenda for Monday’s school board meeting:
• Board President Mandy Fox will make recommendations of appointments to the following committees: Hays Recreation Commission Board, Early Childhood Connections Policy Council, Hays Area Children’s Center, USD 489 Technology Committee and USD 489 Foundation for Educational Excellence Board.
• The board will also vote on approval of recommended policies from the Kansas Association of School Boards and discuss the renewal of using Fort Hays State University’s Lewis Field Stadium for the 2018 football season.
• The board will hear reports and updates on its goals and the Special Education Cooperative.