BIG PINEY – When students in Sublette County School District (SCSD) No. 9 returned to schools last week, they might have noticed the hallways are just a little more crowded than they were last year. The 2013-14 school year is the first in four years with an increase in student enrollment.
According to enrollment for the first days of school, there were 659 students in SCSD No. 9 schools. That figure reverses a trend from the past three to four years of declining enrollment, which bottomed out at an average daily membership (ADM) of 615 students, tallied in June last year.
If enrollment stays up from last year, the district could see increased funding from the state next year. The state’s school funding model uses ADM to determine a foundation guaranteed funding number. The district’s ADM is based on the average number of students that attended the 170 class days in an academic year.
Last year, the district’s ADM came in at 615.082 students. If the ADM stayed near 659, where the schools started the year, the district would stand to see significantly more than its $11.3 million guarantee this year.
For the complete article see the 09-03-2013 issue.
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