Michigan schools tally students for annual count day
Schools across the state of Michigan tallied up enrollment numbers for the annual count day for the Michigan Department of Education.
School districts were required to submit the number of students in the school district, Wednesday, in order to receive state funding.
More students equal more funding, but while other schools across the state deal with unbalanced budgets, districts in both Gogebic and Ontonagon counties deal with declining enrollments.
Bessemer counted 437 students, 13 students up from last year.
“Eighty-seven of those students are school-of-choice students,” David Radovich, Bessemer superintendent, said.
“Last year with the GSRP students, we were at 297, and this year, we’re at 299,” Cathy Shamion, W-M superintendent, said.
“The difference is 22 kids, but we had 14 more seniors last year than we do this year,” Kolesar said. “We’re actually down eight from last year.”
In Watersmeet, 170 students were counted for the district, down five from last year, according to superintendent George Peterson III.
According to Ewen-Trout Creek superintendent Loren Vannest, the numbers are “similar” to last year. The district counted 241 students, compared to 243 last year.
“That is very stable for a school our size,” Vannest said. “It’s a less than 1 percent difference.”
The Ontonagon School District did not return comment by press time.