"Busting At The Seams"


Decatur – District 61 Superintendent Lisa Taylor has a problem many in her position would love to have.  A rapidly growing student population.

“Overall K-12 we’re expecting about 50 to 200 more students,” Taylor told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “We’ve added some pre-K classrooms.  We hired a new kindergarten teacher just a few days before school starts.”

Decatur public schools opened Monday morning.  Recently the district was expecting to start the year with 760 kindergarten students.  School opened Monday with 804 kindergarten kids with that number expected to grow since some families are still registering.”

“Busting at the seams,” a smiling Taylor told us while looking over students in a cafeteria at Stevenson Elementary School.  “Bring on all the kids.  We want more.”

Final attendance numbers will be available in about 10 school days due to the number of children still registering.  This is the third straight year attendance has increased in Decatur schools.

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