Lower than expected enrollment in Granite District's year-round schools has district officials uneasy - and for good reason.
If the pattern continues into the regular school year, the district could lose as much as $1.8 million in state support.Only 6,618 students had been enrolled in the 10 year-round schools after the first week of classes - 360 fewer than projected.
"That represents a 3.8 percent loss of students," said Kent Gardner of the administrative staff. While he said it's "premature to expect a problem," he told district administrators they should be alert that budgets may have to be trimmed back. Such cuts might include personnel reductions.
Gardner said the decline in enrollment could be a continuation of out-migration from the district that became apparent last year. People appear to be leaving the area because of economic stress and going elsewhere to find jobs.