Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

Good district numbers

September 28, 2006

It was good to see positive numbers when it came to money and the Baldwin School District this week.

The official head count for the district on Sept. 20 was 1,415 students, with a full-time enrollment of 1,354.5, up from last year's FTE of 1,320. What do those 24.5 FTE students mean?

More money.

With state aid doled out at roughly $4,300, it could mean an additional $105,000 for the cash-strapped school district. This is good news, indeed.

We're all painfully aware of the $300,000 shortfall discovered this summer after a thorough audit of the books was done when new Supt. Paul Dorathy came on board. He didn't like the numbers he was seeing and shouldn't have, obviously.

That's put the district into a bare-bones mentality to scrape through until additional funds are available. The FTE numbers are the first sight of that.

Another plus is the increased enrollment isn't at one school in the district. It's a little here and a little there. That means we don't have overcrowding.

It's good to see positive numbers and news for the district. Let's hope it starts a trend.

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