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Declining Enrollment in Plymouth & Triton Schools

February 27, 2020

Plymouth Community SchoolsDeclining enrollment will mean a loss of some funding for both Plymouth and Triton Schools. The State of Indiana requires school corporations to submit the number of students enrolled (ADM-Average Daily Membership) on two dates during the school year. The first count on September 13, 2019 was used to calculate the amount of funding that would be received in monthly installments. A second count day was held on February 3, 2020. Increases or decreases in enrollment are then used to recalculate the amount of funding. The state had discontinued the second count day for the past two years, but reinstated the additional count day for the 2019-2020 school year.

According to Plymouth Schools Superintendent, Andy Hartley, the February count of 3,392.53 students was down by 37 students from the September count and will likely result in an estimated $100,000 loss of funding dollars.

Hartley said they are not losing students to other school corporations, but rather for other reasons such as family relocations for employment.

Hartley explained that the funding formulas used by the state takes into account general tuition, vocational offerings, student enrollment in special education programs, English Language Learners (ELL), and honors programs. He also indicated that a complexity index for students with some other assistance and/ or foster care factors into the funding.

Triton Schools dropped from an enrollment count of 923.25 in September to 907.25 in February, an overall decrease of 16 students.  Tom McFarland, Triton Schools treasurer/ business manager, said the drop in the number of students calculates out to be a decrease in funding of $48,000 for the second semester. McFarland said comparing the enrollment in February of 2019 to that of 2020 shows a loss of four students.

Argos Community Schools showed an increase of enrollment from 554.42 in September to 564.94 in February.

Carol Anders Correspondent