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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 10/16/13
Count Day reveals fewer
students left RCS district
by CHRIS GRAYPreliminary counts for student enrollment show Romeo Community Schools has lost 20 students from its classrooms.
Observer Staff Writer
Romeo schools held its annual fall Count Day on Oct. 2 to discover that the student body has only dwindled by 20 as opposed to the projected 120.
Count Day tracks how many students are in a district to determine the amount of state funding each district is granted. The majority of per-pupil funding a district receives is determined by the fall count.
Romeo administrators report this year's total came out to approximately 5,400 students. The actual pupil count won't be finalized until later this fall, while an additional Count Day will be held in the spring to give a more accurate picture of enrollment.
Superintendent Nancy Campbell said thanks to a student count that was better than expected, the district's budget will be healthier. The district receives $7,600 per student this year.
"It (Count Day) really is a huge issue because that is how we get our funding," she said.
Executive Director of Business Affairs David Massoglia said the district can expect nearly $750,000 more to stay in its budget due to the decreased loss.
"We're still spending more than we're taking in, but we will be better than the projections," he said.
Campbell said the district's projections were based on Macomb County's low birthrate and the state's declining population.
"Kindergarten enrollment was higher than anticipated," Campbell said. "When you look at all the trend data and the last few years, you would have thought you'd see a bigger decline."
Kindergarten enrollment for 2013-14 was reported at 372 students, whereas first grade was at 339 students and second grade at 340 students. About 480 students were counted as seniors this year.
Campbell said even with the smaller loss, the district will likely calculate next year's budget with a decline of 100 students given the difference between this year's senior class and kindergarten students.
In addition to the enrolled students, around 130 Full-Time Equivalent students were counted for Romeo through its shared time agreement with Lutheran High School North. The program involves Romeo paying teachers to instruct non-core classes at Lutheran, but Romeo can count students in those classes as their own.
Campbell believes the successful technology bond and Students of Choice campaigns helped keep students within the district. Massoglia agreed, but also pointed to the growth seen in the district's communities.