Student counts down across Grand County, but not as much as expected |

Student counts down across Grand County, but not as much as expected

Tonya Bina
Grand County, CO Colorado

Renee Friederichs reviews a science lesson with students from Erika Bailey's second grade class at Granby Elementary School on Thursday morning. The official enrollment count for the East Grand School District showed 1,277 students enrolled on Oct. 1. The West Grand School District reported an enrollment of 423 students. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News

The East Grand School District’s Oct. 1 enrollment count reflects 1,277 students in the district, which is a decrease of 48 students from the 2010 October count.

But because the districted budgeted to lose 70 students, and because of the state’s practice of averaging out enrollment over five years to account for fluctuations in the number of students, the district is in a safe budgetary position.

The district budgeted for 1,299 students, and by applying state averaging, the district may be funded for 1,303 students, according to district administrators. The averaging helped to close the district’s student-count funding loss, with the difference meaning about $22,600 in added state funding to the district.

West Grand

In the West Grand School District, Oct. 1 preliminary enrollment numbers show the district with six fewer students than in 2010, with enrollment at 423 students. The loss of students was fairly close to what district officials had projected, according to Linda Haynes of the West Grand School District.

In district budgeting, a student head count of 445 students was projected K-12, and with averaging, the state will be funding 446 students, Haynes said.

It was likely families of those six children moved away because the economy, she said.