Enrollment down, funding at risk

Enrollment for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is hovering at 90 fewer students than originally projected, which may mean a nearly $1 million cut to expected local and state funding for the 2015–2016 school year.

Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones discussed a one-day snapshot from the school district’s annual 10-day count of full- and part-time student enrollment with the Board of Education at the Sept. 8 meeting. On Sept. 1, the single day from the count Jones presented, the number of full-time students was down by 98.

“At this point in time, enrollment is under our predictions district-wide,” Jones said. “Some schools are up, some schools are down. The important thing is if we look right now, on a daily basis, right now, we are down.”

The school district had 8,734 seats filled by full-time students on Sept. 1, which climbs to 8,937 if including part-time students.

“Last November we projected we would have 8,820 full-time students this year,” Jones said.

The count is taken at the start of every school year to make sure staffing is at an appropriate level in school district classrooms, Jones said. If there are more or fewer students per educator, teachers may be moved around, he said.

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