McKibben Demographic Research made a presentation this week to the Lakota Board of Eduction on the school district’s projected enrollment.
According to the study, Lakota’s enrollment is expected to go down by 1,040 students, or 6.1 percent, by the 2017-2018 school year.
“This isn’t a Lakota problem or a Cincinnati problem or an Ohio problem,” said Jerome McKibben, who presented the study to the school board on Jan. 28.
“We see this trend in successful suburban school districts all across America.”
Interesting statistics in enrollment study
Population in school district -
- Has increased from 74,433 in 2000 to 94,639 in 2010
- Is projected to grow to 100,516 by 2020
- Number of 10-14 teens is projected decrease from 8,266 in 2010 to 7,320 in 2020
- The median age is projected to go up from 36.9 in 2010 to 40.7 in 2020
- Ages 50+ are projected to go up from 26,729 in 2010 to 36,264 in 2020
McKibben noted that districts like Lakota have high graduation rates, high rates of students going to college, and high rates of graduates leaving their hometown.
“They don’t marry the boy or girl next door,” he said. “They marry the boy or girl in the next dorm.”
McKibben also said that the fastest growing household type in this area over the next ten years will be empty-nesters.