Fayette school enrollment 10.28.09

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s school enrollment shows some growth from a year ago, with the total K-12 count up by nine students from last October.

That increase translates into a financial gain from state aid, however, explained superintendent Russ Griggs, the number of students attending Four-County Vocational School also increased. The majority of the state funding associated with those students goes to the vocational school, so state revenue overall won’t change significantly.enroll.jpg

The district’s largest class last year grew a little bigger over the summer. This year’s fifth grade class stands at 47, an increase of five.

The fourth grade class grew by four students, while the second and sixth grades each lost four students.

For the second year in a row, the senior class stands at 28, the same as this year’s second grade.

The total enrollment of 484 still trails state projections that were used in determining construction of the new school. Estimates place the enrollment over the 500 mark, with a projected head count of 544 in the 2014-15 school year.

Open enrollment figures haven’t changed much from a year ago. Thirty-one Fayette residents attend school in other districts (up from 28 last year) and 17 non-resident students attend school in Fayette—the same as last year.

In 2007, 36 Fayette students chose other districts and 20 non-residents attended Fayette.

State funding follows students to the district they choose to attend.

 

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