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Student enrollment in Flossmoor School District 161 is virtually unchanged from last year.

As of Tuesday, 2,304 students are enrolled in the district’s five schools. Last year on the same date, District 161 had 2,303 students.

Supt. Craig Doster presented the enrollment numbers at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. He said the consistent enrollment figures are a good sign in District 161, which serves all of Flossmoor and sections of Homewood, Chicago Heights, Olympia Fields and Hazel Crest.

“We are maintaining at a good level,” he said. “There are a few new students and some have left but the numbers are about the same.”

The enrollment numbers show 299 students at Flossmoor Hills School, 275 at Heather Hill, 358 at Serena Hills and 491 at Western Avenue. Parker Junior High School has 891 students.

There are no more than 20 students in any of the district’s 10 kindergarten classes. No classes in the four elementary buildings are larger than 25 students. Of the 65 elementary classrooms in the district, 34 have no more than 20 students.

In other business Tuesday, Doster told the board that he recently met with a regional manager from the Meijer retail chain and that it is likely that District 161 will benefit from a partnership with the company when its Flossmoor superstore opens next year.

The Meijer store is under construction near Vollmer Road and Crawford Avenue. It is expected to open next spring.

At the store’s groundbreaking in May, local officials said Meijer has the reputation of being a company that reaches out to its communities through programs that benefit local not-for-profits, churches and food pantries.

Doster said he had a very positive meeting with the Meijer official.

School board members approved:

  • A continuation of the district’s dental plan with the Delta Dental network with no increase in rates. However, the district is changing from a fully-insured plan to a self-insured option.
  • A proposal from Proven Business Solutions to replace the district’s five remaining Xerox copiers with Canon 6255 copiers. The monthly price for the new 60-month lease and maintenance agreement will be approximately $240 less than the current agreement with Chicago Office Technology Group.
  • The purchase of a 2015 Ford F150 truck for $25,205 to replace a 2013 Chevy Silverado. Doster said the Silverado was wrecked in a traffic accident earlier this year and that nearly the entire cost of the new truck will come from an insurance payout.
  • A Freedom of Information request from the Better Government Association in Chicago. The BGA requested copies of the district’s collective bargaining agreements, administrator contracts, the 2015-16 budget, legal settlements and payroll.

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