Granby " East Grand School enrollment declines |

Granby " East Grand School enrollment declines

Grand County, Colorado

An unforeseen enrollment decline in the East Grand School District has caused a budget deficit of about $106,000.

A few other things also have affected the budget, putting it $143,000 in the hole.

The district’s budget projected a full-time enrollment of 1,316 students; instead, the FTE for 2009 is expected to be 1,289.5, a loss of 26.5 students. Meanwhile, funding for preschool slots and fulltime kindergarten boosted enrollment by 11 FTE.

Also, more students enrolled at Indian Peaks Charter School than anticipated. The school’s budget was based on 33.2 FTE at the school; however, its enrollment projects about 52.8 FTE, district documents show.

Per-pupil operating revenue is $6,850, which includes general fund and capital/insurance fund allocations per student.

The board will save $39,000 for classified salaries and $9,000 for classified benefits that came in below budgeted amounts. However, items that came in over budget include: $22,000 for additional administration salaries; $27,000 for text book purchase at the elementary schools; $10,000, administrative costs; $6,000, additional curricular materials; $10,000 additional staff training funds; $10,000 for a maintenance request for all buildings; and $10,000 for Honeywell International Inc. maintenance.

The district is mostly funded by property taxes and borrows money from the state before it receives funding.

The district will not borrow money from its reserves, which includes $1.6 million for emergencies. Instead, it will monitor the money being spent each month to make cuts when possible in order to balance the budget at the end of the year, Superintendent Nancy Karas said.

Each month line items are reviewed.

“We are monitoring closely to see where we can create savings in the budget,” Karas said, adding that it’s board policy.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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