Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster reported the student count day numbers to the board this week and enrollment has dropped.
Foster said 29.5 students left the corporation between the September count day and Feb. 3. A kindergarten student counts as a half of a student. That means $145,000 worth of funding will be lost. Nine of those students were mid-term graduates.
The situation is unique as Foster explained the State sees the loss of students as “more money than anticipated” for the corporation since September so the state will take that into consideration when distributing funding.
This is the first year in which a second count day has been implemented to determine funding. The funding follows the student.