Preliminary projections show increased enrollment for USD 232

With early enrollment over, preliminary projections show an increase in the number of students attending USD 232 schools this fall. The district's overall head count is being projected at 6,900 students and, because each kindergarten student counts as a half student for state funding purposes, a full-time equivalency, or FTE, of 6,577 students, up from 6,700 and 6,343.5 respectively.

The numbers are "very preliminary" according to the district's Director of Administrative Services Alvie Cater.

A lot can change to enrollment numbers between now and the start of school and between then and the state's official head count on Sept. 20, Cater said.

"Right now students enrolled in previous years are still in that count, school could start and we could find out that some relocated over the summer," he said. "There could also be families who, for whatever reason, missed the early enrollment dates and have yet to sign-up their students."

The district receives state funding based on the FTE in the form of base state aid per pupil, which is currently set at $3,780. The proposed 2011-2012 budget, which will be approved at the Aug. 15 Board of Education meeting at the earliest, projected the district growing by at least 130 students.

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