‘Count Date’ – the day school districts physically count how many students they have attending their classes – was on October 1st. This day is vital for school districts as the number of students directly influences how much state funding the school will get the next fiscal year.
On this year’s ‘Count Date’, New Hampton schools counted an increase of 6 students. This means the district should have 922 students in the district. According to Superintendent Jay Jurrens, this increase is due to two things: the 2019 senior class is very small and the 2020 kindergarten class is comparably large.
The current formula has each school district getting $7,000 in funding for each new student in the district. So, if this number holds up, New Hampton will be pocketing $42,000 in education funding for next year.