Milton to hire outside lab for enrollment projections
MILTON The Milton School District will get an outside opinion about future enrollment before finalizing plans for a referendum on a new high school.
The board approved Superintendent Bernie Nikolay's recommendation Monday to hire UW-Madison's Applied Population Laboratory to create enrollment projections.
Business Manager Dianne Meyer creates annual projections, but Nikolay believes the district needs an independent analysis if will be using the projections to decide on a referendum, he said.
The study and a professional presentation cost $3,200. It will be paid from of the district's 2008-09 contracted services budget.
The lab will use historical enrollment and housing data and population projections to create four or five projections, each making different assumptions about birth, migration and economic trends, according to literature from the lab.
The study will take four to six weeks.
Meyer uses a similar process, but the lab has an advantage because it specializes in projections and sees the trends for many school districts, Richelle Winkler, associate researcher and demographer, told The Janesville Gazette in December.