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Fewer students spells funding woes

By asoglin
Friday, June 1st, 2007 at 10:24 am in Lamorinda.

Budget cuts are possible at the Acalanes Union High School District as officials face a drop in enrollment that’s projected to continue for about 10 years.

Administrators are looking at trimming $450,000 from next year’s budget by reducing some employee hours and not filling positions after people retire.

About 5,900 students attend the district’s schools. That’s about 50 students less than the year before. Those numbers are expected to drop by more than 500 students between 2007 and 2012. And that means less money for the district because the state gives funding to schools based on the number of students.

The drop in the size of the student body is part of a natural cycle as young families move into the community, send their children to school and then watch their children graduate and move on, officials explain. Click here to see a chart (in PDF format) showing the district’s enrollment pattern since 1970.

Katherine Tam

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