Carmen-Ainsworth enrollment down

FLINT TWP. — On Wednesday, October 5, Student Count Day, a state-mandated enrollment count, Carman-Ainsworth Schools saw a K-12 decline of 61 students since February and 43 students since last Fall. Student counts are conducted on the first Wednesday in October and the first Wednesday in February. The total, or blended count, determines the amount of state aid a district receive each year.

C-A expected to receive a state foundation allowance this school year of $8,058 per pupil, up about $93 from last year, according to budget projections approved by the school board in July. Accordingly, the annual budget was based on a 2016-2017 blended enrollment count of 5.073 students – a projected loss of only seven students.

That number includes K-12 enrollment as well as several alternative educational programs for which C-A is the fiscal agent, said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent.

Whether enrollment projections balance out in February remains to be seen. The fall numbers will change over the next 30 days, Parks said.

School officials projected an enrollment drop of about seven students for the 2016-2017 school year. Parks provided comparative figures from the past two school terms.

Traditional Carman-Ainsworth K-12 Programs:

October 2014 4,332

February 2015 4,259

October 2015 4,339
February 2016 4,357
October 2016 4,296

Total Count Including Alternative Programs:

October 2014 5,117
February 2015 5,005
October 2015 5,089
February 2016 5,057
October 2016 5,066

Based on the total count, C-A lost 23 students across the board since the October 2015 count. “It is in fact a challenge to accurately predict student enrollment,” said Superintendent Eddie Kindle. “Anytime we have a decline in enrollment we always ensure that our budget is appropriately amended to reflect a decline and or increase in student enrollment.” School officials are now in the process of evaluation how fall count number will impact the 2016-2017 school year, he said.

A loss of 23 students equates to about $185,334 less in state funding, based on the aforementioned $8,058 per pupil allowance.

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