Enrollment Showing Decline of Only 5 Students as Opposed to 50
Budget projections for FY 2014 in the Allegany County Public School System are better than originally expected, due in part to a lesser decline in student enrollment figures. Current enrollment, including pre-k, has increased from 8,915 to 8,931 which have caused future projections to improve.
Enrollment for FY14 is now at 8,409, which is a decline of only five students as opposed to the anticipated 50-student decline. This is the smallest decrease since 1995. The school system receives funding based on k-12 enrollment, excluding pre-k. Other factors that could still impact state aid for ACPS, however, include FARMS, LEP, special education, the number of disabled students transported within the school system, county real estate assessments, and county taxable income from tax returns filed.
According to school board president, Sara-Beth James, “This is positive news for our school system and community at-large. I am optimistic this small enrollment decline is a sign of enrollment trends, and I believe the devastating losses of the previous two decades are history.” She went on to say, “The board constantly assesses this data to ensure we are planning, budgeting, and caring for our future responsibly.”