Archive for Thursday, August 26, 2004

Baldwin district enrollment grows

August 26, 2004

Enrollment numbers for Baldwin are right about where the school district thought they would be this year.

Supt. James White said the district had budgeted for a full-time enrollment (FTE) with 1,300 students for the 2004-2005 school year. When final enrollment numbers are figured by Sept. 20, White said the district is anticipating an FTE of 1,296 -- just four students less than had been budgeted.

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The district receives $3,863 per student in state funding. Should the FTE be less than what was expected, the district will have to reduce its budget.

He said he's not too concerned about the possibility of having four students less than what had been counted on in the budget.

"I don't think it'll be close enough that it's not going to have a major impact on the budget," he said. "At least, it doesn't at this point."

Student enrollment numbers actually totaled 1,380 after last week's count, but White said nearly 90 of those students are kindergartners who are only counted as half students when figuring enrollment. Also figured into the total were the 4-year-old and PEP students.

He said he was pleased with the expected 1,296 FTE, which is up from last year's 1,291.5 FTE.

He anticipates to see a continued increase in enrollment through the years.

"As we see an increase in growth in housing in Baldwin, we expect to see a slight increase in enrollment in the years ahead," he said.

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