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East Grand student enrollment ticks upward

Lance Maggart

The official student enrollment in East Grand schools has edged up compared to last year by about 32 students.

School districts throughout Colorado recently conducted annual student attendance and enrollment tallies for submittal to state officials. The figures are used by the State of Colorado to calculate annual funding for the state’s school districts.

East Grand School District Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D., explained that school district funding is based on the annual head count with a per-pupil operational revenue (PPOR) rate. The PPOR is the primary funding source for school districts in Colorado.

The rate of payment for PPOR varies from school district to school district in the state. EGSD receives PPOR at a rate of $7,078 per student.

For this school year EGSD tallied 1,296 students in all schools including Indian Peaks Charter School. That figure is up 32 students, or about 2.5 percent, from last year’s total of 1,264.

Fraser Valley Elementary tallied 273 students this year; up from the 2013 total of 261 students.

Granby Elementary has 339 students this year, down from the 2013 total of 360 students.

East Grand Middle School has 289 students for the 2014 school year. The school tallied 276 in 2013.

Middle Park High School leads the pack this year with 363 students. Last year the high school had 330 students.

Inquiries to the West Grand School District about its pupil count were not answered in time to be included in this article.

The State of Colorado uses a one-day count system for tallying student populations at schools with the count being conducted annually on Oct. 1. The student tally also includes any students absent on Oct. 1 who regularly attends classes between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1.

According to Superintendent Mimmack, Colorado ranks low in terms of per-pupil funding when compared nationally to other states.

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