D203 Update

Naperville School District 203 is reassessing their staffing needs after receiving the results of a demographic study.

Data showed that from 2014 to 2019, enrollment is expected to decline by five to eight percent. But according to Superintendent Dan Bridges, that doesn’t mean layoffs, it simply means holding off on filling positions that get emptied through a variety of life changes.

“I really don’t look at it as cuts, it’s just a reflection of our declining student enrollment. We don’t have the kids then were not going to need the services to support them. We will have a reduction of about 14 regular education classroom teachers but we annually have dismissals and most of those dismissals are offset by retirements and resignations or reassignments and transfers,” said Bridges.

One area that will see an increase is Special Education staffing. There, they plan to hire the equivalent of 2.6 full time teachers.

Though the demographic survey noted the aging population as part of the reason for the enrollment change, it also noted the increase of new residents aged 30 to 39, who could potentially have children that would then enter the school system, balancing out the decline.

The next school board meeting will be held on Monday, April 20.

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