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Coldwater school district officials say 2013-2014 enrollment higher than projected

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - A positive sign for the Coldwater Community Schools….the district’s enrollment decline appears to be less than what had been projected heading into the new school year. At last night’s meeting of the Board of Education, Ben Engelter, the district’s Chief Financial Officer, said they had figured the enrollment would be down 40 students, but right now, it doesn’t look that will be the case, and in Engelter’s words,“ that’s good news”. 

District officials will know more following the Fall Count Day, which is a week from tomorrow on October 2nd, the first of two count days. The other one is in February. The enrollment is the major factor in how much revenue districts receive in state school funding.  Next week’s count is the big one with 90% of state aid based on the fall count and then the other 10& is based on the February figures.  Also at last night’s Coldwater Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent  Dr. Tina Kerr said the opening days of school this year have been very busy but positive with lots of great things already happening in the district’s buildings