COLDWATER (WTVB) - Parents and students in Branch County and across Michigan are being reminded that Wednesday is Count Day, when the number of pupils at their desks translates into dollars for the school districts. The fall count is worth 90 percent of a district's per-pupil state funding, while the spring count taken in February is worth 10 percent. The combined numbers determine funding for the current school year.
Some school systems provide incentives for kids to turn out for class today. In Coldwater, the district’s food service provider, Chartwells, says breakfast is free to all students at all buildings while the first 50 students at each school, with the exception of 25 at Franklin High School, eating breakfast on Wednesday will receive a back pack. The state has tweaked the count procedure a bit. Contrary to previous years, districts will be able to keep counting students beyond Count Day. If a school system has a student transfer in after today, state funding can be collected while the district that loses the student will have their state aid reduced by a likewise prorated amount. It’s said to be part of education reform in Michigan that will prompt districts to closely watch each and every student to ensure their needs are met.