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JC Schools ponder population future

Demographics play key role in school decisions

Jefferson City’s public high school population should start growing “about 2016-17,” consultant Preston Smith told Jefferson City School Board members Friday.

Smith and his Kansas City-based firm, Business Information Services, gave school leaders a 300-page book they can use to start planning for the future — a major demographic study that the schools commissioned, with financial help from the Jefferson City and Cole County governments and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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“There are five major demographic trends today that we’re starting to see — things that we have not seen since the 1930s,” Smith said.

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