ENROLLMENT DOWN: Smith-Green lowers budget for 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Due to changes in enrollment, the budget for Smith-Green Community Schools is projected to be lower in 2014.With the first day of school less than a week away, SGCS began work on its budget for the coming year.Projected figures for 2014 are expected to be closer to expenditures, according to Todd Fleetwood, business manager for SGCS.Fleetwood said the average daily membership (ADM), a headcount of students taken during the school year for the district, will be lower this year. SGCS will also receive fewer dollars per students it has. There are two counting dates for the ADM — one in September and one in February. Previously there was only one day in the fall.“We encourage students to graduate early,” Fleetwood said. “But as a district we could take a hit. There are some boards (around the state) adopting policies saying you can’t graduate until after the (counting) date.”Though enrollment will be slightly down, there are still some students who choose to attend Smith-Green who live outside of the district. Superintendent Galen Mast said the mindset of the district is attractive to those families.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 9 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.