Student numbers have dipped in the Vermillion School District Classrooms lose children of USD grads

Student numbers have dipped in the Vermillion School District Classrooms lose children of USD grads
Members of the Vermillion School Board will soon have to sharpen their pencils and pay close attention to revenue and expenses in next year's budget for the district.

The main challenge they will face has been brought about by a slight decrease in total student enrollment in Vermillion schools.

Fewer students means a drop in state aid from Pierre.


Superintendent Mark Froke told members of the school board earlier this month that a head count of students made on the last school day in September is used to determine the district's enrollment for the year.

"That is the count that is used to determine the state aid money that we will receive for next year," he said.

According to that count, there are 204 students at Austin Elementary, 370 students at Jolley Elementary, 302 students at Vermillion Middle School, and 421 students at Vermillion High School.

This total represents a decrease of 28 students in comparison to last year's enrollment.

"If our enrollment remained the same versus losing the 28 students, it amounts to about $130,000 less," Froke said. "That's projected using a 3 percent increase on a per student basis, and it's not for this year's budget, but it's for projecting and developing our upcoming budget for the next year."

The superintendent said he has discussed the student numbers with all of the district's school principals.

"We saw quite a decline from first to second grade, and apparently the reason for that is the parents of those children were parents of the university who have graduated and moved on," Froke said. "We also experienced a decline from what we were expecting at the high school level, too."

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