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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 18:36

Northern Ozaukee  officials keep close watch on district’s gains, losses

Realizing that student enrollment translates to money under the state’s aid formula, the Northern Ozaukee School Board has directed Supt. Blake Peuse to keep them posted on counts throughout the school year.

Under the state’s open enrollment program, students and their parents can choose which public school they wish to attend provided there are seats available.

Because of that policy, the district has consistently had more than twice as many local students opt to attend school elsewhere as outside students have chosen to attend classes in Fredonia.

According to Peuse’s latest report, the number of students coming into and enrolling out of the district has been stable during the school year.

“We have maintained a very steady budgetary number on both sides, with a steady number of students out — 181 — and a slightly increased number of students in — 64,” he wrote in his report.

The district’s April enrollment number was 710, down slightly from the tally of 715 reported earlier in the school year.

“We have maintained a consistent enrollment and dollars associated with these budgetary numbers, so I am feeling very comfortable that our budget will be right on in accordance with our expected revenues and expenditures as presented in October,” Peuse said.

Enrollment in the district’s online charter school, Wisconsin Virtual Learning, has shown a little more change during the school year, but officials noted that is typical as some parents find out that the program is not a good fit for their child.

WVL started the year with nearly 550 students. The count is now down to 491.

The numbers are important, because the financial viability of the virtual program is determined by how much aid it is able to generate. Because classes are largely conducted via computer, very few of the students in the program actually live in the district.

“We are also fully anticipating that WVL will be able to meet all fiscal responsibilities associated with our amended Shared Services Agreement and we will be expecting payment as such,” Peuse said.

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