When the official count was taken September 18, there were 1,056 students, a decrease of 61 from last fall. It also exceeded the state’s projection of a 40-student decline. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says many families simply moved out of the district, and although there were 45 new students, it wasn’t enough to offset that decline.
The drop in numbers doesn’t do anything to help the corporation’s budget, which has already been cut significantly over the past few years. Johnson says while they weren’t expecting any additional funds from the state, the decline places more emphasis on belt-tightening and efficiency. She says they want to be able to continue successful programs, like the high school’s credit recovery program. They also hope to eventually rebuild the corporation’s cash balance to add new programs. Johnson says these steps are necessary in order for them to remain competitive with other corporations and improve enrollment.