Enrollment = big money for schools

Schools are counting on their students. Last week, school districts across the state held their first Count Day of the 2012-13 school year.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 13, 2012


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.”

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GHAPS gets $7,200.00 per student? How about the parents/taxpayers of these students are allowed to use these same funds to choose the quality of education and have the final say in where their kids go to school. Seems to me this would generate a pretty health competition between schools (like colleges & universities). There is no doubt that this would sincerely benefit the student and provide for better overall value of education. I believe the public school enrollment numbers would tumble.


So now you know you know why the school unions are against school vouchers! If you can't compete, you need rules in your favor to win.


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