EV News Article 1
This article appears as the first of eight articles in a series that will be released to provide Easton Valley residents and friends with accurate information related to district operations. Chris Fee, EV Superintendent, and Adam Crigger, Business Manager will offer factual information in a question and answer format to respond to commonly asked questions in our community.
Question: What do our current enrollment numbers say about the future of the Easton Valley Community School District?
Answer: To make projections about the financial health of a school system it is important to watch the data closely. The trends can change quickly. For example, did you know that Easton Valley CSD was one of only three school districts this year that saw an increase in the number of served students when compared to the six districts in our surrounding area? When looking at this fact and comparing enrollment trends in the chart below it is important to understand the difference between the terms “certified enrollment” and “served enrollment.”
|CERTIFIED ENROLLMENT||SERVED ENROLLMENT|
|District||Fall ‘15||Fall ‘16||+/-||District||Fall ‘15||Fall ‘16||+/-|
|Easton Valley||621||615.5||-5.5||Easton Valley||461||468.5||7.5|
“Certified Enrollment” is the number of students that live within the geographical border of each school district in the state of Iowa. This number is used to calculate all of the per pupil funding that a district receives. This count, which is taken October 1st each year, creates the base for funding calculations for the following fiscal year.
“Served enrollment” refers to the physical number of students in classrooms in the district. This includes resident students, tuitioned in students, and those open enrolled into the district. Served enrollment numbers are the primary data source to help district administrators determine program and staffing levels for that fiscal year.
As you can see, Easton Valley CSD is experiencing some of the same enrollment declines faced by rural schools in our area. The number of students living within our geographic borders has slightly decreased. On the other hand, the number of students we are serving in our classrooms is going up. Although we would ideally like to see positive trends in both data points, it is helpful to be able to make comparisons to other area schools to gain perspective on the current reality.
So what do these enrollment numbers say about the future of Easton Valley? The positive increase in served enrollment will help us grow programs and sustain staffing levels. A comparatively small decrease in certified enrollment will allow our district to make minor adjustments now to ensure the long term viability of our school system. Like all of our neighboring districts, we hope our high quality schools will continue to attract young families to our area so that we can continue to deliver educational excellence for decades to come.