This year’s enrollment is lower than expected in schools across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, which could lead to funding issues as the year progresses.
As of Thursday, Oct. 5 the district is 115 students below the expected enrollment of 8,781 according to Board of Education documents. Overall, enrollment is down one percent.
The official head count lasts for 20 days, starting Monday, October 2 and ending on Friday, October 27. The OASIS Count, or On-Line Alaska School Information System, is used to detemind student-based revenue from the state.
“We are now in the thick of the count period and… that is what drives funding,” Superintendent Sean Dusek said at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. “I’m not going to venture to guess, but it could be close to 100 students less than we projected.”