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APS 20-year enrollment projection – flat or slight increase

Submitted by on January 16, 2020 – 12:30 amNo Comment

Voters in the Alpena Public Schools District are being asked to support a bond proposal during the March election.

Part of the process of seeking approval for the request required APS to submit an application and other documents to the Michigan Department of Treasury. One of the required documents was a study on enrollment projections.

Superintendent John VanWagoner told a board of education committee Wednesday, that the study, which covered a 20-year period, revealed enrollment numbers would hover between flat and a 1 percent increase.

If the projection holds true, it would be a win for APS, which has been struggling with declining enrollment for over 20 years. There were over 4,000 student attending APS as recently as 2016. The projection at the beginning of the current year was under 3,700. More than 5,800 kids attended APS in the late 1990s.

Enrollment is important because APS currently receives $8,111 in state aid for each full-time student.

VanWagoner said the Department of Treasury required the enrollment study to make certain that a bond to support building improvements and renovations would be used for schools that will remain open during the levy period of 25 years.