Student enrollment levels costing Pittsylvania County Public Schools millions of dollars

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Pittsylvania County Public School District is reporting nearly 300 fewer students enrolled this year than they were anticipating.

According to Superintendent Mark Jones, the district based their budget for the 2020-2021 school year on an estimated student body population of 8,197. Instead, the school district only has 7,914 enrolled. He says each those 283 fewer students represent $1.7 million in state funding.

Back in April, the district started cutting their expenses in case an enrollment drop happened, ultimately saving $3.1 million, though Jones says much of what they saved went to purchasing necessarily protective equipment to handle the coronavirus.

“Right now, we look like we’re going to be able to make it,” said Jones, “but you never know what will come up this year. You never know when you will have a roof that leaks. You never know when you’ve got to replace a bus.”

Jones says one reason for the drop in enrollment is the pandemic. His district saw an increase of about 100 students who have switched to homeschooling this year.

However, according to Jones, the district is talking to legislators to try and receive state funding based on last year’s student population.

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