- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Though enrollment in K-12 schools in Wyoming has increased some individual districts have seen shrinking student populations, putting pressure on schools and costing them money.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1nLKKqg ) that according to the Wyoming Department of Education, as of Oct. 1, 699 more students were enrolled in K-12 schools across the state compared to the 2014-15 school year.

Enrollment determines the amount of state funds districts receive from the School Foundation. As the state grapples with potential budget cuts, school officials had the added worry of losing funds because of cuts and declining enrollment.

In smaller districts, per-student funding represents a greater percentage of the overall budget.

In Big Horn County School District No. 3, for example, enrollment dropped by 19 students to 520 students. The lost students cost the school about $323,000.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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