Fewer students are attending class at half of the county’s six public school districts, and school officials want to know why they are leaving.
Enrollment at Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson, Franklin and Greenwood schools was down 145 students as of this week. Greenwood schools had the largest drop, 93 students, since last fall.
Schools closely follow the number of students enrolled, since that dictates the number of students in classrooms, the number of teachers and assistants needed, and the amount of money they get to pay their staff. But this year, due to changes in the state funding formula, even the school districts that lost students won’t get less money than they did last year.