Carman-Ainsworth enrollment up slightly

FLINT TWP. — After steadily declining enrollment for several years, enrollment at Carman-Ainsworth Schools increased by 13 students this school year.

C-A reported 4,345 students enrolled in K-12 programs for the mandatory 2015- 16 Student Count Day held on the first Wednesday in October by all Michigan public schools.

The official count is important because it determines the amount of per-pupil state funding the district will receive.

“The District projected a potential loss of up to 100 students this school year based on lower birthrates across the county and transiency that we have experienced for most of this decade.” said Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff. “Therefore, the increase in enrollment in our traditional programs as well as the overall decrease of roughly 7 students is relatively good news for the district.”

Enrollment in K-12 traditional programs was up from 4332 reported in October 2014 but C-A’s alternative programs dipped by 7 students – down to 5110 from 5117 in 2014.

C-A is the fiscal agent for several alternative programs including Genesee Early College and Mott Middle College.

State aid funding allotted to districts is based on a blended count derived from the number of students enrolled during the prior spring and the current fall count days. The spring count is held on the second Wednesday in February an accounts for about 10 percent of state aid. The fall count represents about 90 percent of state funding. — Rhonda Sanders

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