Archive for Thursday, August 29, 2002

Eudora school district counting on higher enrollment numbers

August 29, 2002

The preliminary enrollment numbers for Eudora USD 491 weren't as problematic as they seemed, said Superintendent Marty Kobza.

As of Friday morning, Kobza said 80 new students enrolled in Eudora schools, but 75 students had moved out of the district since the previous school year.

"We are getting information to find out exactly why," he said. "In most cases, it was probably job-related."

Kobza hypothesized transfers and other changes in white-collar jobs at employers like Sprint could account for the change.

The district had counted on having 37 new students, which meant its 2002-2003 budget, which the USD 491 Board of Education recently approved, counted on state funding for those students

"In a hypothetical budget, we'd be losing about $25,000," he said.

To assuage budget shortfalls, Kobza said the board could look at holding off on new textbooks or look at technology spending.

Yet Kobza said by the time official counts were taken Sept. 20 the district should have more students for various reasons, including the return of students who didn't attend the first several days of school because of summer vacations.

It wasn't unusual, Kobza said, for the district's enrollment to increase by 30-some students one year and drop by three or so the next year.

In the end, Kobza said the district hoped to come out with 30 more students than attended Eudora schools last year.

"I think that influx we see on an every-other-year basis is part of being in a bedroom community," Kobza said. "When we look at growth, we look five or 10 years down the road."

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