— Districts across the state of Michigan were busy counting students Sept. 29 for the fall Student Count Day, and Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools was no exception. Once the tally was in, the district reported 4,574 students enrolled at Carman-Ainsworth said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent of operations. The count indicates a decrease in the district’s overall population.
In regards to the student count, Supt. Bill Haley said “the state allows all districts to count students today (Sept. 29) and for the next nine school days. Basically our “enrolled” student count today, will end up being very, very close to our true FTE Student Count that we submit to the state.”
Carman-Ainsworth’s Board of Education was told of the district’s steady decline over the past five years at its Sept. 21 board meeting.
During the meeting, Parks gave a presentation on enrollment, illustrating that five years ago, the district had approximately 5,300 students.
Parks attributed the steady decline to the economy, saying that “our district was hit a little harder.”
The next board meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the C/A Administration Building. Details: Visit www.carman.