BREMERTON — The Bremerton School District has more students than projected so far this school year, and that’s a good thing.
According to the latest enrollment report, provided at the Oct. 15 school board meeting, the district budgeted for 5,056.4 full-time equivalent (FTE) students in the district. As of the report, there are 5,155.42 FTE students.
Patty Glaser, media relations for the district, swaid, “Although we end up hiring more staff because we have more students, this provides for a healthier ending fund balance. Conversely, if we had fewer students than budgeted, we would be dipping into the fund balance because we have already committed to contracts for staff.”
Glaser also said enrollment tends to decrease after the beginning of the year, and during breaks from school.
“The enrollment starts to decrease around February when the semester changes,” Glaser said. “For some, it is because they have all the credits they need to graduate. Oftentimes, families will delay a move until a natural break like after winter break, spring break or semester (end).”
The enrollment report (available online at bit.ly/1O2nBby) gave the number of students per grade and per school/education opportunity. The most populated grade is 12th grade, with 502.36 FTE students. The least populated is 10th grade, with 305.52 FTE students.
The school with the most students is Bremerton High School, with 1,085.41 FTE students. Online education comprises the fewest students, with only 10.81 FTE students.
Glaser added that enrollment has been increasing over the past few years, but the district ended up with more students than budgeted for at least in the 2013-14 (about 200 extra students) and 2014-15 (178 extra students) school years.