For the second time this school year school districts across the state are counting the number of students they have enrolled, but they don’t yet know how those numbers will be used.
School districts last collected student enrollment numbers in September, and the state used those numbers to determine how much funding each school district would receive for employee salaries and benefits and some utility costs. The more students a school district has enrolled, the more money they get from the state.
In the past, Indiana required school districts to count their students one time each year. But last year, state lawmakers added a second count day for the 2012-13 school year. What isn’t known is whether the additional count, which was done Friday, will impact how much school districts receive in funding.