Schools in market for students; slow, steady enrollment predicted

Local school districts no longer should expect to see several hundred new students enrolling for class each year, but they don’t need to worry about an ongoing enrollment drop either.

Center Grove and Franklin schools both lost six students this year, while Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson schools lost 39 students. Center Grove had been expecting an additional 100 students this year, and the unexpected losses hurt school districts, which base their budgets on the number of students enrolled.

Last month, Center Grove, which receives $4,785 from the state for each student, announced it needed to cut about $230,000 from its budget because of the loss. That could mean eliminating classroom aide positions.

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