Enrollment drop could affect East Grand County schools budget
September 20, 2009
While West Grand School District enrollment numbers reflect only a slight decline from last year, East Grand School District student enrollment has dropped considerably, creating a projected $80,000 to $100,000 shortfall in budget revenue.
Although the official count to the state is not due until Oct. 1, when enrollment is submitted to the Colorado Department of Education for per-pupil funding, East Grand kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment is at 1,380 students compared with 1,406 students in October of 2008.
West Grand K-12 enrollment is at 453 students compared with 457 last year.
East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas said the numbers are concerning considering “some of the other issues facing an already tight budget.”
Karas surmises the drop in enrollment is due to a loss of jobs in Grand County, which caused families to relocate elsewhere.
In all school projections, no one community in the district bears the brunt of the enrollment decline.
“It’s even across the board,” Karas said.