Population Losses Continue

TV station WIBW notes that population is declining in some parts of Kansas.

Nothing new there, but it’s worth remembering.

“Kansas Association of School Boards demographer Jim Hays says almost 60 percent of the state’s 300 school districts lost enrollment last year.”

Further, the report says, between 2000 and 2005, the following counties lost at least 10 percent of their population: Jewell, Geary, Greeley, Lane, Ness, Republic, Scott, and Wallace.

Expect calls for district consolidation to continue. Rather than expand districts to the size of counties, perhaps it’s time for us to start thinking of alternative ways of delivering education.

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