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Opening enrollment higher than expected

CMSD NEWS BUREAU
8/19/2014
 
CMSD is off to a "very, very strong start," with 1,000 more students than projected, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said Tuesday.
 
Enrollment, which has been declining, is up slightly and totaled 39,371 at last count, Gordon told the Board of Education. The figure does not include students who are in residential treatment centers or an estimated 250 children expected with the pending opening of kindergarten and prekindergarten.
 
"Enrollment will spike and then settle some," Gordon said. "But there is reason for optimism."
 
About a third of the 100 schools exceeded projected enrollment by more than 25 students, a threshold for adding staff, while 24 schools have more than 25 students below what was estimated. Schools that are below projections are "aggressively recruiting students," Gordon said.
 
Families can go to the nearest school and sign up for any school in the District. They also can register at the District administrative offices, 1111 Superior Ave.;  the East Professional Center, formerly East High School, at East 79th Street and Superior Avenue; and Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, 3145 W. 46th St.
 
CMSD opened the school year in stages, with four year-round high schools starting July 28, two high schools at the John Hay Campus returning Aug. 11, the majority of schools following Aug. 13 and the last 14 beginning Monday.
 
Daily attendance started slowly but is climbing and topped 87 percent Monday. 
 
Gordon said the District has avoided difficulties experienced last year, when many teaching positions were open and had to be filled with substitutes. The District has 32 vacancies, eight caused by resignations during the first week of the school year. Nineteen of the jobs are in special education, an area that is always in demand.