At their May 23 meeting, the Region 13 Board of Education was presented with a demographic study conducted by Dr. Chung of H.C. Planning Consultants, Inc. of Orange, Conn.
The study concluded that, based on a 10-year projection of trends including annual births, housing net gains, home sales, percent of resident students in nonpublic schools and unemployment, Region 13 should anticipate a 20-percent decline in enrollment by 2021.
As of 2012, 1,940 students are enrolled in the district and the number will drop to 1,556 by 2021, according to an executive summary of the study.
While the implications of the decline in enrollment were not discussed at the meeting, Superintendent Susan Viccaro said the board is deciding how to use the information moving forward.
The board will also, at a future date, present the information to the public, Viccaro said.