Munising Public Schools expects Count Day to show a drop in enrollment

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 8:16 PM EDT
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It was an important day at public schools across the state of Michigan Wednesday with it being the first Student Count Day of the school year.

"About 90 percent of our state funding is based on the amount of kids that are enrolled in school today," Munising Public Schools Superintendent/6-12 Principal Pete Kelto said.

"Every student here counts, and it's important to have the funding so that our students can get the proper education that they need," Munising High School Secretary Jil-Anne Essinger said.

A majority of districts across Michigan are receiving $7,511 per pupil for the 2016-2017 school year.

Munising Public Schools fall into that majority.

Kelto said enrollment numbers have steadily declined since 1996, which means less state funding.

"We budgeted being down again, and it looks like we'll come in about what we budgeted, which is down about 20 students compared to last year. We were about 672 last year, that's K12 enrollment. This year it looks like we're about 652."

Munising's expected enrollment drop means they'll lose out on about $150,000 of state funding.

Now if your child missed school Wednesday, don't worry. So long as they were enrolled on or before Wednesday, there's still a chance for them to be counted thanks to what's called the "10/30 Rule".

"If that is an unexcused absence, as long as that student is in attendance within the next 10 school days you can count that student toward your state count," Kelto said. "If it's an excused absence, you have 30 days for that student to be in attendance in order to count that student."

After the 30 days are up, schools will report their final enrollment numbers to the state.

A second Student Count Day takes place Feb. 8, 2017. Ten percent of state funding is based off of the spring count.

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