Enrollment in the Madison School District increased by 162 students for the 2021-2022 period, compared to the previous school year, the district said Friday.
However, the increase in enrollment did not make up for the loss of more than 1,000 students who left the district between the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 school years.
The increase in enrollment could boost state funding, but only slightly, compared to the previous year. A portion of state school aid is distributed to districts on a per-student basis, and a district’s enrollment affects the amount of money it receives as state equalization aid.
Students in Grades 1 to 12 represented an increase of 216 students from the previous school year, while students in Preschool and Grades 4 to Kindergarten represented a decrease of 54 students from the year previous school.
A student tally on the third Friday in September showed 0.6% more students in the district than the year before. It’s unclear what the increased enrollment will mean for school district funding.
The district is expected to receive $ 3.4 million in one-time funds from a sum of money earmarked for K-12 education by Governor Tony Evers during the 2021-22 biennium and separately $ 70.6 million dollars via federal COVID assistance for K-12 schools, known as Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief or ESSER.