Enrollment in Lawrence's center-city neighborhood elementary schools like Centennial, Schwegler and New York, shown here, has been on a decline as it has increased in schools on the city's fringe. Pictured at the New York School playground in this file photo are, from left, Jonathan Luna, 10, Stephen Obiefule, 9, Nathan Jalali, 8, Caleb Walker, 9, Nate Davis, 9, and Nolan Whipple, 8.

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