Student count up in Marion, down in McBain

February 25, 2016

By John Raffel

The spring student count, as announced by area school districts, had some minor differences compared to the fall count, local superintendents have reported.

“Marion’s fall count was 499,” Marion superintendent Mort Meier said. “February’s count was 504.  An increase of students, be it only a few, is a good thing.”

The news was a little different for McBain.

“McBain currently has 1,019 students enrolled, which is a decline of approximately 20 students since the fall count,” McBain superintendent Steve Brimmer said. “The majority of those who have left have left the area for different job opportunities. We are still over what we originally budgeted for, but any time there is a decrease in student numbers, it is a concern.”
Brimmer a week ago had expressed confidence in the district’s budget outlook.

“Our budget is very sound financially,” he said. “There are no cuts being discussed. We were up about 29 students over what we budgeted for.”

School districts receive 90 percent of their per-pupil dollars based on the fall numbers. The rest of the percentage comes from the spring enrollment numbers.

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