Enrollment up in each district


Hayden School Board

The Hayden School Board has moved the date of its monthly meeting to approve the 2006-07 budget before the Oct. 15 deadline.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. today at the Hayden School District administrative offices, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

On the agenda is a Colorado Student Assessment Program results update, which the board requested. Additionally, the board is scheduled to approve the budget, a snow removal bid, capital reserve expenditures and resolutions to oppose state amendments 38, 39 and Referendum J, which will appear on the November ballot.

— The number of enrolled students has increased in each Routt County public school district this year.

All Colorado school districts recently submitted their enrollment numbers - based on the Oct. 2 official count day - to the state. Colorado public schools are primarily funded on a per-pupil basis.

Steamboat Springs' final enrollment number is 1,989 students, which is 19 more than officials projected for the 2006-07 school year.

Hayden's final enrollment is 454 students, which is 10 more than projected.

South Routt's final enrollment count is 408.5 students, which also is 10 more than projected.

Kindergartners are counted as half-students, even though they attend school full time in Hayden and South Routt. Steamboat does not offer all-day kindergarten.

Enrollment projections are created to help set district budgets. The estimates are made based on the number of students enrolled at the end of the previous school year, as well as expected student arrivals or departures.

The state uses final district head counts to determine how much funding each district receives per student, often referred to as Per Pupil Operating Revenue, or PPOR.

This year, Steamboat will receive $6,438 per student. Hay-den will receive $7,605.95 per student, and South Routt will receive $7.584.35 per student.

The increase in students actually means a decrease in PPOR for each district because of an extensive formula the state uses when determining what money to award individual districts, South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed said.

"They have a magical formula," Reed said. "They have categories for urban, inner cities. They have a category for suburban schools. They have a category for rural schools, rural mountain schools and cost of living. I can't tell you all of them."

South Routt has 202.5 students at South Routt Elemen-tary School, which is kindergarten though sixth grade. Soroco Middle School has 54 students, and Soroco High School has 152 students.

Hayden Valley Elementary School has 202 students. Hay-den Middle School has 104 students, and Hayden High School has 148 students.

Much as with South Routt, Hayden saw an increase in students at the elementary level.

"That's great news," said Jnl Linsacum, the district's business manager.

In Steamboat, 366 students attend Soda Creek Elementary School, 451 go to Strawberry Park Elementary School, 451.5 attend the middle school and 663 go to Steamboat Springs High School.

Dale Mellor, finance director for the Steamboat district, said the half-student at the middle school reflects a student who attends school half time.

Mellor said he was surprised that final enrollment was nearly 20 students more than projected. The increase was at the middle school and at Strawberry Park.

"I'm not sure where they are coming from," Mellor said about the new students.

The 19 additional students were factored into the 2006-07 budget the Steamboat Springs School Board approved Monday night.

The approved budget showed deficit spending of $62,850, which was an increase from the original deficit of $20,880. The increased deficit is from technology needs not previously budgeted and the hiring of a part-time special education aide to ride the school bus, officials said.

- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com


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