Juneau school enrollment down

Student numbers still higher than anticipated

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008

Juneau's school district has about 94 more students than it expected this school year, but its total enrollment still dropped by about 100 students from last year.

The newly released preliminary enrollment figures, which are an average of daily attendance numbers from late September through most of October, put the district's total enrollment at 4,972.

Director of Administrative Services David Means said the higher-than-anticipated enrollment numbers mean the district will have five more teachers this school year than it anticipated.

Means said the district will also likely receive $385,134 more than it anticipated getting from the state, which uses the average enrollment data as a starting point in its formula for deciding how much to pay each school district.

Means stressed that the enrollment and funding numbers were still preliminary and need to be approved by the state.

The district would likely receive a much higher amount from the district if it had as many students with intensive needs as it projected. The district projected 130 intensive need students, but its preliminary numbers show it has 126.

The state Legislature increased funding for intensive need students last year, and is now paying school districts about $50,000 per student in that category.

Last year, the school district's official enrollment was 5,073, according to numbers released by the state. The district's enrollment has dropped for six consecutive years.

The district's highest enrollment in the past 20 years was in 1999, when there were about 5,700 students.

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