Declining enrollment adds up to $1.5m decrease

FLINT TWP. — Carman Ainsworth student enrollment dropped 188 students from September 2010 to September 2011, as reported in last week’s Student Count Day. That amounts to a funding loss of about $1.5 million, according to Russ Parks, assistant superintendent of operations.

The total count of 4,390 included 179 students who were absent but are expected to return and continues a pattern of declining enrollment for the past five years.

District officials had expected some decline and budgeted for a loss of 100 students.

Parks said no decisions have been made on how the district will compensate for the total student decline whether it be additional budget cuts or taken from the fund balance.

Enrollment counts done twice per school year — in Fall and Winter — determine the amount of state funding a district receives. Carman- Ainsworth gets $7,749 per student for the 2011- 12 school year which is down from $8,229.

Seventy-five percent of state aid is based on the Fall count and 25 percent on the Winter count.

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