School enrollment continues slide

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

One trend the Gulf County School Board would like to see end is declining enrollment.

The October state count of full-time equivalent students showed that the four Gulf County public schools are down roughly 50 students compared to projections made in Tallahassee when assessing school funding each year.

That continues a decrease that began nearly a decade ago and has seen the district lose nearly 500 students during that period.

Much of this year’s decrease was seen in the Wewahitchka schools.

The student count matters because state dollars are tied to each student.

Based on current per-pupil funding under the Florida Education Finance Program the drop in students equates to a district budget shortfall of $180,000.

The district also had unanticipated costs from litigation related to the district’s Reduction in Force earlier this year.

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