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December 13, 2018 Mid-Prairie to study future enrollment
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Mid-Prairie school officials want to get a better idea of how district enrollment will look like in the future.

At Monday’s meeting, school board members gave the nod to Superintendent Mark Schneider to move forward with a future enrollment study.

“I present this to the board as a possibility for us,” Schneider said of the proposal from RSP of Overland Park, Kansas. “I’ve heard we’re going to grow, we’re not going to grow and we’re going to stay the same. To be honest, I don’t have any special expertise in that, but RSP does.”

He added that the district has never done an enrollment study in the past.

Schneider said that changing enrollment numbers in the district make the study necessary.

“I think there’s a strong need to get a good handle on future enrollment,” he said. “This year is our highest enrollment number ever – not by much, maybe by half a student.”

Schneider said that RSP has conducted future enrollment studies for several Iowa school districts, including Clear Creek Amana.

“RSP has worked with them for several years, and the information has been spot on,” Schneider said.

Board member Denise Chittick said that the study would be a good idea and would help the district’s facilities committee make decisions on the district’s future facilities needs.

“If we’re looking at a change in facilities, the public would want an expert study,” board member Emily Uhl agreed.

Board member Gerry Kahler added, “These kinds of studies are vital.”

The study will cost the school district $12,000 and would take about five months to complete.

Schneider said that RSP would do a three and five year projection, as well as a seven and 10 year projection.

“They would start immediately, but it wouldn’t be until summer that it’s complete,” Schneider said.

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