Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Schools Juggling Budgets, Students Enrollments Ever Changing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Schools Juggling Budgets, Students Enrollments Ever Changing

Article excerpt

Ed White High School is getting nine new teachers, another

guidance counselor, more assistants, more security guards and a

new computer class.

That's because it has more students. Precisely 250 more than it

expected to enroll this year.

But farther west, the picture is different.

At Baldwin High School, 70 fewer students are enrolled this

year. Which means the school will be cutting three teaching

positions and combining some honors and advanced-placement

classes.

So goes the annual ritual of determining final budgets, which

are based on enrollment counts taken on the 10th day of school.

On the Westside, it seems that no trends of drastic increase or

decrease in enrollments are evolving this year, although many

schools are enrolling more students, according to Nancy Snyder,

assistant superintendent for elementary schools.

Each school receives about $2,200 for each student and begins

the year with a working budget based on projected enrollment

figures. If enrollment falls below projections, schools receive

less state funding. If it rises above projections, they receive

more.

Principals at each school then decide how they will trim their

budgets or how they will use the extra dollars.

Mike Akers has been a principal for 14 years, but this is only

the third time he's had more money than anticipated.

"It's always good news when what you have to decide is how

you're going to spend your extra money rather than decide whom

you're going to cut," said Akers, principal of Wesconnett

Elementary School.

Wesconnett had 18 more students than projected, for a total of

412. The $26,000 increase will enable Akers to add a fulltime

teacher's assistant and purchase additional supplies.

Jim Clark, principal at White High, said the 250 new students

enrolled at his school this year bring the total enrollment to

2,100. …

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