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School count underway in Valdez and so far so good officials say

District currently has 10 more students than was planned for before school year


Valdez City Schools is in the middle of its yearly official head count - and so far the news is good according to district superintendent Jim Nygaard.

"Over all we've been doing remarkably well," Nygaard said Monday.

Each year, school districts across the state carefully count students during several weeks in October, which is when the State of Alaska determines how many students it will pay schools for each student for the whole year, using a formula called the Base Student Allocation, or BSA.

"It runs until the last Friday," in October Nygaard said.

The school population numbers have continued to grow for the past three years, after over a decade of declining enrollment.

"Valdez is one of the fortunate school districts in Alaska that continues to maintain its student count, as well as move forward with growth, Nygaard says on the district's website. "With promised flat funding in future years from the legislature, we will be dependent on our consistent student count. This year the district budgeted for 640 enrolled students, currently there are 650. The Valdez Home School program is also seeing growth with 40 fulltime students currently enrolled."

Nygaard said there are also 81 students from Valdez High School enrolled in dual credit courses, where they earn college credits while still in high school.


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