District, employees settle on salaries, benefits

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

“Everybody should be pleased with what we were able to do given (the financial situation) we are going through,” said school board member Billy Quinn, Jr.

Early enrollment down

After the first full week of classes, enrollment in the four public schools is down from projections and last year’s enrollment.

The district projected enrollment to be 1,852 this year, but thus far the district is roughly 55-60 students short of that number.

“Port St. Joe is up and Wewahitchka is down,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton, adding that five new students enrolled at Wewahitchka Elementary on Monday. “We continued to monitor the situation and budget accordingly.”

The first count for purposes of establishing FTE, the numerator for school funding, is in October.

Norton said enrollment is typically down each year prior to the Labor Day holiday and said the hope is the numbers “will correct themselves” as September unfolds.

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