VCSC sees decline in enrollment numbers that will determine state funding

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— Vigo County School Corporation saw a dip in the enrollment numbers that will determine 2019-20 state funding.

For the 2019-20 school year, Vigo County School Corporation has 14,190 students, down from last year’s 14,363, according to the first Average Daily Membership count conducted Friday.

State funding is on a per-student basis, and losing 173 students will cause Vigo County School Corporation to lose $1,126,230. The second ADM count will be Feb. 3.

“The ADM count is where we get our funding, and our ADM count continues to shrink year after year,” said Dr. Rob Haworth, superintendent of schools. “According to our demographic studies, we must continue to look for new ways to raise revenue for our schools while making significant cuts to protect the financial stability of Vigo County School Corporation.”

The school corporation commissioned a demographic study in December 2017, and the predictions from the study continue to be accurate. The study predicted 14,199 students for the 2019-20 year. The study predicts that Vigo County School Corporation will lose an additional 636 students—and the state funding those students bring—in the next 8 years, as the population of Vigo County declines. At current funding levels, 636 students represent $4.14 million in yearly revenue.

One bright spot for the corporation’s student count is Vigo Virtual Success Academy, the school corporation’s virtual school option. As of September 13, VVSA has enrolled 109 students, 38 of them new to Vigo County School Corporation’s enrollment count. These 38 students represent $210,273 in new funding, since virtual student ADM provides funding at 85% of the rate of a non-virtual student.

A press conference is being held Tuesday to provide more details about the count and what it will mean for the county.

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