(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Friday is a very important day for Indiana’s public schools because it will determine how much funding is directed to each school.
Official attendance totals are taken at schools across the state then submitted to the Indiana Department of Education. The department will use the data to track each student then announce in January how much state funding districts will receive.
On average, each district gets $5,664 per student.
Competition for students is perhaps more fierce than it has ever been with open enrollment between school districts and Indiana’s new private school voucher program.
With enrollment playing such a critical role in the district’s financials, Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hendrix has begun a marketing program for Sunman-Dearborn.
“We’ve been marketing our schools for the last couple years now,” Hendrix said. “We’ve reinvigorated our webpage to have more information and videos.”
Hendrix has also distributed marketing packets to area realtors, the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, and libraries so that people thinking of moving to the area can learn about the positives of Sunman-Dearborn Schools.
“There is a DVD realtors can show to people wanting to move into our area. It talks about the school system. It has a fact sheet that talks about all the programs and all the good things we do in our school system,” Hendrix said, adding he never thought he’d see the day a school district would have to begin marketing itself.
Hendrix said it appeared enrollment at Sunman-Dearborn Schools was down by about 30 students near the start of the school year in August from the 4,194 students counted in 2010.
Here are how many students attended each local public school district in 2010:
Batesville – 2,097
Franklin County – 3,002
Jac-Cen-Del - 893
Lawrenceburg – 1,776
Milan – 1,264
Ohio County – 990
Sunman-Dearborn – 4,194
South Dearborn – 2,987
South Ripley – 1,304
Switzerland County – 1,506