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Pasco leaders see good news in student count



In September, Pasco school enrollment was down by nearly 400 students.

By the October state headcount, that decline had dropped to 191 students.

Chief financial officer Olga Swinson expects the final impact to the district's funding to be even less severe than that.

"I have some good news," Swinson told the School Board on Tuesday, to the members' mock surprise. They've become accustomed to hearing about losses in funding and spending cuts from their CFO.

Projections now indicate that once the state calculates the district's full-time equivalent enrollment, the district will likely lose funding for just 75 students, Swinson said. That's a tiny difference from the state's initial prediction that Pasco would grow by 46 children, and it carries a much smaller potential return of per-student funding than initially concerned board members.

That should help somewhat as the district now faces financial penalties for its failure to meet class size standards.

"We are showing a class size penalty of $4.6 million," Swinson said.

The fine could be reduced to $1.1 million if the district successfully implements a plan to be in compliance next year.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:58pm]


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