ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- Aberdeen Public School District enrollment is down by about 100 students.
That’s as of the official enrollment count at the end of September, according to a report by Superintendent Becky Guffin, who provided an update Tuesday to the Aberdeen School Board.
According to her report, fall enrollment taken at the end of September is 4,318 students, which is down 98 students from September 2021 when enrollment was 4,416. The drop is across the board among elementary, middle and high school grades with 38 fewer elementary students; 23 fewer in the middle school; and 37 fewer in the high school.
Guffin said the year-to-year changes are for a variety of reasons, with families moving out of town, state and even country, but enrollment numbers are also constantly changing. She noted a gain of eight students since that census was taken.
This enrollment number, however, determines state aid, which means the district will see a decrease in state aid. Asked the impact of that change, Finance Director Tom Janish said, it’s about $5,500 per student, or $539,000, but he anticipated a decrease of about 60 students in the budget, so the budget impact would be about $200,000.
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