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Enrollment = big money for schools

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Every child counted impacts overall revenue for a local school district.

Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton said per-student funding from the state is about 75 percent of the total revenue the district receives each year.

Enrollment in Spring Lake schools is down just one student from last year, to 2,457 students.

Enrollment increased at Grand Haven Area Public Schools to about 6,128, according to last week's count. That's up from last year’s 5,971.

The Grand Haven district will receive about $7,200 per student from the state, said Scott Grimes, the district’s assistant superintendent for human services.

Spring Lake Public Schools will receive about $6,966 per student, which is down from the $7,350 the district received from the state four years ago, Furton said.

“Despite the many cost-saving measures we've undertaken as a district, cuts to our foundation allowance have presented a major challenge,” Furton said. “At times I wonder if our elected officials see education as the investment that it is.”

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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