Ashland School District's enrollment down 3 percent

Ashland School District's enrollment has fallen 3 percent this academic year, preliminary data shows.

Compared to the same time last year, 94 fewer students are enrolled in district schools, Superintendent Juli Di Chiro told the School Board Monday.

"These are just soft numbers," she said Tuesday. "We're going to wait for a month and see how the numbers pan out. It won't affect this year's funding, but it could affect next year's."

All schools in the district show a decline in students, according to the preliminary data. The report shows 2,704 students are enrolled in the district, compared to 2,798 at this time last year.

Last academic year, the district reported its first enrollment increase in 11 years, enrolling about 80 additional students.

The district has struggled with the financial fallout of declining enrollment for the past decade.

The district receives roughly $6,000 per student each year, but that figure can vary based on factors such as whether the student is a member of a minority group or in special education.

Enrollment numbers could shift slightly as the year progresses, Di Chiro said.

She will present an official enrollment report at the board's Oct. 11 meeting.

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