So far this school year, 100 more students are enrolled in Hinsdale High School District 86 than were expected last spring.
As of Friday, 2,775 students were enrolled in Hinsdale Central, 29 more than were forecast in March for the purpose of staffing, and 1,756 are attending Hinsdale South, 77 more than were expected.
The increase is not in any particular area, Acting Superintendent Bruce Law said. Nor will the increase require the hiring of additional teachers.
A hundred more students spread across all the classes offered at the two schools is not a problem, Law said. Enrollment is only four students more than were enrolled at the same time last September.
The district’s final enrollment will be counted Sept. 30.
At this point, the average class size is higher at both schools than last year.
Not including special education classes, this year’s average class size is 20.3 students at South, compared with 18.7 last year; and 22.4 at Central, compared with 21 last year.
Another item of note is the boys outnumber the girls at each grade level in both schools except for Central’s junior class, which has 361 girls and 351 boys.
In an issue related to attendance, the School Board voted to require all students prove their residency in District 86 every year.
Currently, the district asks for proof of residency only from freshmen and students new to the district.
To register, the parents of those students must submit a property tax bill, mortgage papers, signed lease, agreement of sale or a notarized affidavit from a resident stating the parent and student are living with them for free.
In addition, freshmen and new students currently must show two of the following documents: drivers license, auto registration, gas or electric bill, or home insurance, public aid, library or voter registration cards.
Board member Richard Skoda urged administrators to strengthen the checking process because he said he knows of students attending District 86 schools who do not live in the district.
Law said the district no longer will accept P.O. boxes as official addresses, as it did in the past.
Elementary school districts that feed into District 86, such as Butler District 53 and District 181 already require proof of residency at each grade level.