Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Basehor-Linwood school district releases official enrollment numbers

September 20, 2007

Basehor-Linwood school district assistant superintendent David Howard reported that 1,863 students are currently enrolled in Basehor-Linwood schools, up 41 students from last year's official residential count.

The Basehor-Linwood Virtual School also gives the district's enrollment a boost. While the majority of Virtual School students do not live within district boundaries and complete their courses online, they still count towards Basehor-Linwood's total enrollment. The Virtual School reported 338 students for a total of 2,201, still up by 17.5 from last year.

"Our numbers are staying really good, which tells me our program is really solid," Howard said about the Virtual School.

Full Time Equivalent, the formula used by the state to determine funding per student, is also expected to go up in the district. Howard gave a rough FTE estimate of 2,136, while last year's was 2,087.

Kindergarteners are counted as halftime students and other groups such as special education, students in vocational programs, students on free and reduced lunch and other at risk groups are all factored in to determine FTE.

The official FTE will be calculated and reported to the state by early October, Howard said.

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