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Enrollment stays steady at area schools

October 7, 2018

The counts are in for student enrollments across the area.

Some school districts had increases in students. Other districts anticipated a drop in enrollment and made sure their budgets reflected those assumptions ahead of time.

State funding for most school districts across the state is based largely on a per-pupil basis. The base amount of that funding — which applies to most of the local school districts — is $7,871 per pupil. Michigan requires all public school districts to count their students twice each year — in October and February — and then blend the counts to come up with a figure used to determine funding amounts.

The annual fall rate accounts for 90 percent of the blended count.

Gains in enrollment were seen at Mason County Central and Gateway to Success. Ludington and Mason County Eastern had enrollments drop.

Pentwater and Baldwin school districts also conduct student counts, but they are considered out-of-formula districts because a lot of their funding comes from the non-homestead property taxes in those communities.

The enrollment numbers from the schools are preliminary. The final numbers won’t be known for several weeks.

See full story in Saturday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition

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