District keeping fingers crossed over head count

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth school officials are hoping February’s student head count, held Wednesday, will show a leveling off of substantial enrollment declines the district has experienced in recent years.

“We hope it is stabilizing,’’ said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent. “The last couple of years we have taken some big hits.’’

The state-mandated head count, held twice a year in late September and mid-February, determines the amount of state funding the district will receive for the 2011-2012 school year.

Seventy-five percent of state aid is based on the Fall count and 25 percent on the Winter count but Parks said both counts are important to the district which currently receives $8,229 per student.

Carman-Ainsworth counted 4,561 students last Fall. But a big drop off between September and February of the 2009-2010 school year resulted in some layoffs, Parks said, adding that it is not determined what changes would be made if this year’s count is also down a lot.

“I hope we won’t lose as many as in the past,’’ he said.

Parks said he is pretty sure enrollment numbers have not increased since September but it is normal to lose students by the February count. Enrollment declines for many reasons including older students dropping out and other students changing schools, Parks said.

The latest head count result will not be available until after it is presented to the Board of Education, which meets next week, he said.

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