The Elmbrook School Board was told Tuesday night that enrollment in the district is ahead of projections, although comparison to last year is a bit difficult.
"Our downward trend continues," Superintendent Mark Hansen said, but preliminary figures show a smaller decline. As of Aug. 22, the district expects to enroll 6,925 pupils, including 6,245 resident pupils, 29 above projections.
Hansen explained that preliminary figures were presented to the board before classes begin Sept. 3, because the next board meeting is a work session. He said this makes comparison to last year's preliminary figures problematic.
"We're in that really fluid phase of enrollment," Hansen said.
He pointed with pride to the district's teacher-pupil ratio in classrooms, especially in lower grades. The projected average kindergarten class has 22.1 pupils, while classroom averages in grades 1 through 3 are under 22.
Hansen said the district has 47 new faculty members this fall, including 16 first-time teachers. He also introduced Amie Farley, the new associate principal at Brookfield Central High School. Farley had been a social studies teacher at Waukesha North High School. Hansen said she was chosen from among 75 applicants.
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