The Derry Cooperative School District has a better idea of what it needs for budgeting after the most recent enrollment figures.
Laura Nelson, superintendent of School Administrative Unit (SAU) 10, released the figures at the Oct. 11 School Board meeting.
The Oct. 1 enrollment figures are what the Federal government uses for its grants and for its Free and Reduced Lunch program, Nelson told the board and television audience.
The total for all types of enrollment, including public school, public charter schools, Pinkerton Academy, out-of-district placement and home schoolers registered with the district, is 5,455, she said.
For Kindergarten-Grade 5, the elementary school enrollments are: Ernest P. Barka, 548; Derry Village, 446; East Derry Memorial, 424; Grinnell, 392; and South Range, 309. The district’s two middle schools, Gilbert H. Hood and West Running Brook, have 667 and 535 respectively.
The breakdown is 2,119 students in K-5 and 1,192, middle school. Pinkerton Academy has reported 1,816 Derry students; Derry tuitions its high school students to Pinkerton.
The total Derry School District enrollment, K-8, is 3,318. Last year on Oct. 1 it was 3,385.
Board member Derick Anderson asked if the numbers were used for state funding, and Nelson said the state uses the June 30 enrollment from the previous year for its “adequacy” grants.
Anderson also asked if there were a way the district could predict, based on enrollment, how much state money it would receive.
Nelson responded, “We can’t just take the enrollment and say, ‘We’re going to get X million dollars.’” It is a complex formula developed by an actuary, she said.
But the enrollment figures will allow the district to work out a tentative budget, she added.
The first budget meeting will be Monday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Hood. The Fiscal Advisory Committee and School Board will convene and will receive the first draft of the working budget. The public is welcome.