McKinney ISD sees decline in enrollment during 2018-19 school year; expected to continue until 2025-26

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What McKinney ISD officials expected to be a record-breaking enrollment has fallen short, according to new district data.

In 2017, MISD student enrollment was projected to surpass 25,000 students in the 2018-19 school year. According to new data, the district’s enrollment sits at 24,688 students—321 students below the projected numbers.

MISD saw a 1.09 percent decline in student enrollment from the 2017-18 school year to the 2018-19 school year, according to Templeton Demographics, the demographic consultant that provided the report at the MISD board of trustees’ Feb. 26 meeting. MISD had 24,958 students enrolled in the 2017-18 school year.

Data presented at the meeting showed a decline in enrollment is expected to continue until the 2025-26 school year.

According to the data presented, the district also saw enrollment decline in kindergarten through seventh grade and 12th grade.

“Kindergarten enrollment has slowed statewide,” said Rocky Gardiner, director of school district consulting at Templeton. “Keep that in mind, too. It’s not just a McKinney ISD [problem].”

Nearby Plano ISD also saw a decline in enrollment in the 2018-19 year. Overall, the district was 662 students below the projected numbers for the 2018-19 school year.

Frisco ISD, however, has seen the opposite trend with more than 1,900 students added from January 2018-January 2019.

Here is a look at MISD’s projected enrollment.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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