Superintendent Don Street gave the school board the hard figures during their meeting last week.
“Based on the state legislature, it is projected that West Central will be down about $300,000 for the 2016-2017 school year in the General Fund,” explained Street. “All of that is based upon our enrollment.”
The state changed school funding a few years ago in that schools are given money per student enrolled at the corporation. If that student leaves the corporation, the funding goes along with the student.
He said it’s too early to see what cuts will need to be made to the budget.
“We’ll have to just continue to monitor our financial situation with the General Fund as time goes on. We’re remaining status quo and not cutting any programs. We’ll have the same programs as well as the staffing that we currently have in place.”
The state has projected the loss of 20 West Central students in the 2016 school year, although the corporation’s trend shows a plateau of 840 students in the past few years.