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Nov 14, 2012 11:35 AM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News

Kalispell schools seeing more students

KALISPELL- Enrollment numbers in the Kalispell School district are up again this year, and that means that school funding is expected to increase as well.

Enrollment numbers from the district's first count day, which was October 1st, were released this week, and the school board met Tuesday night to discuss its Revenue Budget Estimates, based off of those numbers.

The district has recorded 89 more students at the high school level than they did last fall, while numbers at the K-8 level have remained the same so far this school year.

School administrators have set their preliminary revenue budget at roughly $226,000, but state officials will evaluate enrollment again on its second count day next semester and then take the average of the two days.

There's been an average 5% reduction in students from the fall and spring semesters over the last 10 years, and school board members say that estimate can change as new information becomes available.

"We do actually do the original budget quite conservatively until we know exactly where we're going to go because we'd rather have a little bit extra and be able to be flexible with additional hires or resources support if we needed it, rather than to have to do a reduction at the end of the year," Kalispell Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle explained.

The second count day will take place February 1st of next year.

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