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Enrollment projections for Sweet Home's Maplemere Elementary School don't warrant a change in boundaries that would impact numerous families, according to a report to the School Board.

Although Maplemere's population increased steadily from 1988-96, the largest jump -- from 1994 to 1995 -- was due to the entry of a kindergarten class of 105 pupils, said David R. Ebert, director of pupil
personnel services.

By comparison, this year's kindergarten class has just 62 students, and projections for incoming kindergartners show no class of the magnitude of the 1995 class, now a second grade "bubble" that numbers 101.

Ebert said an August census, conducted only in the Maplemere area, projects a kindergarten class of 82 in 1998, then decreases to the sixties for 1999 and 2000.

Also, the school's total enrollment for the current year is down by eight from 1996.

In another matter, the board appointed Middle School Principal Craig W. Allwes district director of planning and community outreach, effective Dec. 1. Allwes, the middle school principal since 1990, will replace Ebert, who plans to retire Jan. 30. Allwes will retain his annual salary of $91,000.

The middle school vacancy will be advertised this week, with Allwes continuing as principal until the post is filled. The district is also seeking a replacement for middle school Assistant Principal Cheryl Pitz, who is moving out of the area effective Oct. 31.

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