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Forest Grove school census plummets by 169, mainly at K-4 and high school

Drop in student numbers could mean loss of $900K in state support

A whopping 169 fewer students are enrolled in Forest Grove schools this fall, and the census drop since 2010-11 could mean a huge loss of revenue to the district.

Assistant Superintendent John O'Neill reported to the school board Oct. 10 that as of Oct. 3, the number of pupils enrolled in grades K-4 had dropped by 79; the number enrolled in grades five and six had dropped by 20; and the number of enrolled in grades 9-12 had dropped by 70. The same number of students, 878, were enrolled in grades seven and eight as last year.

Oregon Department of Education communications director Christine Miles said the state would count 153 of the students, or 90 percent of the total decrease, when figuring the revenue total the district would receive according to the agency's 'average daily membership' formula. Unless the numbers stabilize, that could mean a loss of $900,000 to the district under guidelines for state public education funding, she said.

If the state had counted all 169, it would have meant a funding decrease of more than $1 million. 'So that's a little bit of good news,' Miles noted.

enrollment in 2010-11 and 2011-12

Grades K-4: 2,224 students in 2010-11 and 2,145 students in 2011-12 for an enrollment loss of 3.6 percent

Grades 5-6: 907 students in 2010-11 and 887 students in 2011-12 for an enrollment loss of 2.2 percent

Grades 7-8: 878 students in both 2010-11 and 2011-12

Grades 9-12: 1,995 students in 2010-11 and 1,925 students in 2011-12 for an enrollment loss of 3.5 percent