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Demographer to help School District 203 plan for the future

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Naperville School District 203 is hiring a demographer to help the district in its long-term planning process.

On Monday, the district hired Charles Kofron to conduct an enrollment study that examines the socioeconomic data regarding the district, including population diversity, home values, income levels, census, live birth numbers and land use. The data then will be used to project student enrollment in District 203 schools.

Such information is critical when developing financial projections, estimating staffing levels and planning facility use.

The cost for the study is $27,650, which will come from the Board of Education purchased services budgeted account. Annual updates would be available to the school district for $2,000.

Of the six vendors that were sent a request for proposal for the enrollment study, three were returned. In addition to Kofron’s $27,650 bid, Fanning Howey bid $14,625 and MDR bid $52,400.

The district determined that Fanning Howey’s proposal was merely a “boilerplate” enrollment study and did not provide all the data the district was seeking. Although the MDR study was similar to Kofron’s, the cost was nearly double.

Kofron, who is based in the St. Louis, Mo., metro area, has worked on school enrollment studies in Missouri and Illinois. Among the Illinois districts that contracted his services are St. Charles School District 303, Riverside School District 96, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, Glenbrook High School District 225 and Deerfield School District 109.

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