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Eagle County School District enrollment still low

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Eagle County School District’s enrollment numbers are still shy of the district’s projections.

Tentative numbers for Oct. 1 – the date the state uses to gauge enrollment – came in about 100 students below projections, chief financial officer Phil Onofrio said.

The state uses enrollment numbers to determine how much funding school districts get.

As of Friday afternoon, Onofrio was estimating the district’s enrollment was resting at about 5,966 students, 102 fewer students than the district budgeted for.

He expects the district to receive roughly $350,000 less in state funding this school year than it budgeted for. He said the district gets about $7,000 per student, and the state uses an average of the district’s past five years worth of enrollment figures to determine the state funding figure.

To close the potential $350,000 gap, the district could dip into its reserves, Onofrio said.

The district has already offset about $150,000 by holding off on hiring some staff members and moving some teachers around to different schools, Onofrio said.

It appears that this year’s enrollment is below last year, which rested at about 6,036 last Oct. 1.

A school district study conducted earlier this month suggests several students moved out of the district.

“It’s a turning point,” Onofrio said. “It’s the first time in years we haven’t grown.”

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or


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