Enrollment in the South-Western City School District is expected to continue its upward trend.

Enrollment in the South-Western City School District is expected to continue its upward trend.

Director of Certificated Personnel Kevin Laffin presented an overview of enrollment projections to Board of Education members at their meeting Monday evening, March 23.

The actual October enrollment count has increased each of the last five years, from 19,894 students in the 2010-11 school year to 20,685 students in October 2014, Laffin said.

Last October's count was an increase of 250 students over the tally made in the 2013-14 school year, he said.

The projected count of students that will be made in October 2015 is expected to be 20,980, or an increase of 295, Laffin said.

Enrollment is expected to increase each of the next five years and total 21,592 in the 2019-20 school year, he said.

Over the past few years, the majority of the increase in enrollment has occurred at the elementary school level, Laffin said.

Over the next few years, those students will begin entering intermediate and middle school and the schools at those grade levels will see an increase, he said.

Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Carl Metzger reviewed anticipated staffing changes for next school year.

While the numbers could change over the summer, 43 teaching positions are expected to be added, Metzger said.

Most of the added positions will be made at the elementary level, he said.

Part of that increase will be due to the addition of all-day, every-day kindergarten next school year, Metzger said.

The district will have 53 certificated staff members retire at the end of this school year, he said. Last school year, 40 certificated staff members retired.

Eight administrators are retiring and only one administrator is expected to be leaving the district to take another position, Metzger said.