Schmidt: Enrollment plays a critical role in funding for LA Public Schools

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One of the most critical factors in funding Los Alamos Public Schools is student enrollment.
To generate funding for schools, the state averages the enrollment of the 80th and 120th day of school.
The district’s enrollment is multiplied by a per student dollar value derived from a complex formula, called the State Equalization Guarantee (SEG). For the School Year SY2013-14, the state SEG provided roughly $25 million of the district’s educational budget of approximately $35 million.
Student enrollment is important to our district because it impacts staffing and program. In recent years, the enrollment of our district has stabilized at roughly 3,500 students.
Within these numbers, however, there are interesting statistics. For example, the number of in-district students has been dropping about 100 students per year, which has been partially offset by a comparable enrollment increase from out-of-district students.
Another interesting data point is the grade level sizes of classes in the district. Secondary grade level enrollment is larger than it is in the elementary grade level.

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