Friday, March 2, 2012

The Changing Face of Janesville

The demographics in Janesville are rapidly changing. Recent findings in The Demographic & Student Membership Report describe historical changes in the school district and community. This report is posted on the School District of Janesville website on the Board of Education tab under the agenda for 2/28/12.

Based on the Third Friday count in September, student membership has declined by 61 students from 2007-2008 to 2011-2012. The loss in membership would be considerably greater without the inception of our four year old kindergarten program. The minority population continues to rise with a 7% overall increase over the last 5 years. The Hispanic population shows the largest increase.

Students receiving free and reduced lunch has increased 3% from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012. All of the schools in the district have 30% or more of students receiving free and reduced lunch. The percent of children living in low income homes has increased from 46% in 2010-2011 to 48% in 2011-2012.

The district has also seen an increase in the number of identified homeless youth. There was an increase of 35 identified homeless youth in 2009-2010 (381) to 2010-2011 (416). As of January 31, 2012; there have been 318 identified homeless youth in the district.

The Janesville community is changing daily as the people that live within the community also change. The Demographic & Student Membership Report summarizes important developments and trends in the community using the latest available statistics. District staff; continue to analyze the data presented in this report to make well informed decisions regarding programming for all students in the district and continued professional development. It is important for School Leaders to be in tune with the external as well as the internal environment of the community.

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