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APS kicks off budget process for 2019-20

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Administrators with Alpena Public Schools are sharpening their pencils and gearing up for the 2019-2020 budget year, which starts July 1.

Budget sessions begin next week as the district starts to put together a financial plan for the new fiscal year.

The enrollment projection is critical to the budget process, and also used to help determine class sizes and staffing.  Superintendent John VanWagoner told a board committee Wednesday, he hopes enrollment will at least stay flat in the new year fiscal year.  He says birth rates at the Alpena hospital are “up a tick” from one year ago.

The school district has been battling declining enrollment for more than 20 years.  The fall 2018 full-time equivalent (FTE) count came in at 3,799.  The fall 1994 FTE total was 5,773.  Each full-time student counts as a FTE.

The school district receives a set amount of money from the state for each full-time student; so the more kids that are enrolled, the more money the school district receives in state aid.  Likewise, declining enrollment eats away at the amount APS receives.

The new budget will likely be rolled out for public review in June.

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