Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2003

Early enrollment shows 1 percent increase in School District

September 11, 2003

Tentative or "soft" enrollment numbers released to members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board Monday night indicate 23 more students are attending classes in the school district this year.

The total enrollment for the school district grew from 2,056 last year to 2,079 this year, school district officials reported.

"The enrollment numbers can be rather flexible and somewhat soft," said Jill Hackett, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent. "We haven't grown as much as we thought but the numbers aren't final yet."

On Monday, Sept. 22, school districts in Kansas are required to submit enrollment numbers to the state department of education. The enrollment numbers are used to determine funding payments, which are based on per-pupil allocations from the state.

The school board and staff based the 2004 budget on a 5 percent growth in student enrollment. The school district is prepared for alternatives in case that 5 percent plateau isn't reached by Sept. 20, Hackett said. The increase, based on the figures provided Monday, is only 1.1 percent.

"We're ready to move funds from capital outlay to offset it," Hackett said. "But we're not quite there yet."

The numbers released Monday night are a bit deceiving, said Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations.

Although the overall enrollment figure is just 23 students higher this year than last year, more than 150 students are attending classes in Basehor-Linwood for the first time.

Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations, said 138 new students are in the district. However, 115 students moved out of the school district, equaling the 23 student differential.

School district officials said they anticipate the overall enrollment to increase from its current level of 23 students. One way that could happen is through the Basehor-Linwood Virtual School, where enrollment tends to fluctuate.

"History says that building's enrollment is a bit unpredictable," Hackett said.

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