Pasco school enrollment still below expectations
The Florida Department of Education projected Pasco schools to grow by about 685 students this year.
Pasco school officials expected little to no growth, and even budgeted for flat enrollment. Chief financial officer Olga Swinson told the School Board this week that she had set aside the state money generated by the "extra" students fully planning to send it back once the kids officially don't show up in October.
After 20 days, though, even the district's anticipation of level numbers looks optimistic.
As of last Friday, Pasco schools reported 67,212 students in pre-k through high school, including all charter schools and alternative programs. That's 90 students below projections. Take out pre-k and the deficit grows to 241 students. Eliminate the charter and alternative programs and it further grows to 363.
By grade level, the biggest decrease comes in K-5, with a smaller dip in 6-8 and a slight increase in 9-12. District officials have said they figure a constant trickle of new registrations to bring the district closer to last year's number by the time of the state's mid-October headcount.