Prescott School's Superintendent Dr. Richard Spicuzza said preliminary indications are student enrollment for the 2016-17 school year should be almost the same as last schools, perhaps up by one student. He made this statement at Wednesday evening's school board meeting which was held for the first time in the new high school's library.
Enrollment counts were taken last Friday and submitted to the state. These will be calculated to determine state aid for the school district which will affect the tax levy and mill rate for the school district budget for 2016-17. The final budget will be approved at the next school board meeting on Oct. 26.
Dr. Spicuzza said if the enrollment figures and state aid calculations hold up the mill rate could trend down to 12.4 percent.
He also expressed concern about the 16 district families which are enrolling their children in schools outside the district. He hopes the opening of the new high school and other improvements the district has been attempting to make to improve test scores and get more students to take advance classes will begin to reverse any outmigration of students, which also affects the budget as well.
For more on the school board meeting read next week's print edition of the Prescott Journal, on newsstands and in town Wednesday.