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CHURUBUSCO â€” A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.
Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.
The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.
Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.
â€śThatâ€™s basically one grade level,â€ť he said. â€śWithout those students, we would be another 100 short. Itâ€™s nice that we have been able to open up those boundaries and allow students to transfer in.â€ť
A concern among the board and administration was the second head-count day in the spring of 2014. Students that graduated high school early will not be part of that count.
â€śWe want students to graduate early, but the state takes away money if they do,â€ť Mast said.
Board members said the more dual-credit opportunities available at the high school, the better.
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