NEW KENT — A reduction in student enrollment may cost New Kent County Public Schools.
Interim School Finance Director Sheila Minor presented the School Board with the concerning news at its work session Monday.
During the fiscal year 2014 budget planning season, staff anticipated the school enrollment would be 2,988 students, totaling more than $12,655,000 in state contributions.
Minor explained that updated reports showed the enrollment at 2,903 students, a difference of 85 students. This means a $354,000 loss in state revenue than originally predicted.
Minor is unsure as to why the enrollment dipped.
"Typically, the enrollments have been trending up each year," she said.
As a way of recovering from the financial shortfall, Minor is proposing the schools consider using $240,000 from the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA), money that would have gone toward future technology initiatives.
"VPSA funds are for the purchase of new computers for classrooms, network capability, bandwidth, instructional software and handheld devices," Minor said.
"These (VSPA funds) have been used extensively to meet Virginia Department of Education SOL testing requirements. The funds provided still fall far short of our technology needs," Minor said.
A combination of expenditure savings (frozen positions, operating savings, etc.), funds carried forward from last year, and slightly higher than budgeted locally generated revenue will make up the $114,000 difference, Minor said.
Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.