(11/01/2012)
West Virginia school superintendents from rural counties are expressing concerns over declining enrollment numbers, and how the decline will affect their systems in hiring teachers and service workers.

While figures vary, each student gets about $4,500 from the state's school aid formula, while other sources add to the financial package to provide education for each student.

That money is based on enrollment numbers, and in Calhoun's case with a loss of 56 students for this school year, that likely means a loss of teachers and personnel.

Calhoun has had a long decline in enrollment (see below) except the last two years with slight gains, mostly due to early childhood education.

County systems that do not have a general education levy are in greater trouble. Calhoun does not.

Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst says the system lost 56 students this year, reducing the total number of students to 1,081 in three schools.

The drop happened after two years of slight gains, likely linked to early childhood education.

Calhoun Middle-High School lost 27 students (621), Pleasant Hill Elementary lost 31 (239) and Arnoldsburg Elementary gained two (221).

Calhoun School Enrollment: Loss/Gain:

1991-1992 1700 +15

1992-1993 1689 -11

1993-1994 1705 +16

1994-1995 1671 -34

1995-1996 1633 -38

1996-1997 1589 -44

1997-1998 1558 -31

1998-1999 1476 -82

1999-2000 1430 -46

2000-2001 1318 -112

2001-2002 1289 -29

2002-2003 1283 -6

2003-2004 1216 -67

2004-2005 1187 -29

2005-2006 1180 -7

2006-2007 1153 -27

2007-2008 1151 -2

2008-2009 1126 -25

2009-2010 1104 -22

2010-2011 1,122 +18

2011-2012 1,137 +15

2012-2013 1,081 -52


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