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GUSD Enrollment Trends

After months of deliberation, at the September 5, 2019 Board Meeting, the Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education voted to close Antonio Del Buono Elementary School (ADB) in the Summer of 2020. This was a very difficult decision for the Board and staff but was necessary to help balance the budget during difficult financial times.

The District’s enrollment has steadily dropped over the past few years and is projected to decline for many years to come. The decline of over 400 students in three years has resulted in a loss of revenue of about $5 million. Declining enrollment is now occurring in 25 school districts in Santa Clara and in most districts in the Bay Area. This decline is the result of many factors including a significant drop in the birth rate, the exodus of families to parts of the state and county with lower housing costs, and lower student generation rates from new housing.

Beginning in the fall 2020, students from ADB will attend either Luigi Aprea or Rucker Elementary schools. During the next 5-6 months, staff will work diligently to make the transition as smooth as possible.

For many years, the Gilroy Unified School District’s enrollment steadily increased, but that has changed.  In 2016, at the peak of enrollment, there were 11,509 students in Gilroy Unified schools.  By the fall of 2018, enrollment had declined to 11,101 students.  This downward trend exists throughout the County; 25 of 31 school districts are affected.  In Gilroy Unified School District, enrollment in our eight elementary schools has shown the greatest decline.

What does this mean for Gilroy Unified School District?  The loss of 400 students over two years represents $3.7 million in lost revenue.  The loss of this revenue makes it necessary to reduce expenditures for the 2019-20 school year by $3 million. 

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California Department of Education: Closing a School: Best Practices Guide