Districts Hope For High Attendance On Count Day 9-29-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Districts Hope For High Attendance On Count Day 9-29-2010

Local districts are counting the number of students in attendance at schools Wednesday.
Schools will receive state funding based on each student in attendance on count days, according to the Michigan Department of Education.
It's the first of two count days. The winter count is held Feb. 10.
The fall count accounts for 75 percent of the total state funding that each school is eligible for.
In Saginaw, the district got the word out early about the importance of count day.
"The superintended did sound out an alert telling parent the impact of count day," Saginaw public schools spokesperson Sophia Mosley said. "We receive valuable resources from the state based on attendance."
As an added incentive to get to school, Thompson Middle School students got a break from their daily routine. The students of the uniform-only dressed school were able to wear whatever they wanted to class.
After all the numbers were added, the student count for Saginaw Public Schools was at 8,169 -- which is 67 fewer than projected enrollment, according to Mosley. The number includes all K-12 programs.
RELATED LINK: Complete Saginaw Count Numbers
Meanwhile, the Lapeer Community Schools reported a student head count totaling 6,113 students in the annual Fall Fourth Wednesday student count. The total represents a loss of 154 students from the Fall Fourth Wednesday count in 2009.
“The loss of students was anticipated, based on population shifts within the district and in light of an overall decline in population within the state because of the weakened economy,” said Lapeer Community Schools Superintendent Debbie Thompson.
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