School districts across the state were required to turn in official enrollment numbers to the Utah State Office of Education last week, a starting point for determining state funding to each school. State enrollment assigns a dollar amount in funding for every student enrolled in the school, meaning enrollment number growth or lack thereof determines how much funding a school might receive.
In the South Summit School District, enrollment numbers are healthy, said the school district Business Administrator Kip Bigelow. Based on percent, South Summit School District is outpacing the Park City School District in growth, adding 15 new students, a 1.45 percent growth over last year, according to district numbers. The Park City School District grew by only 0.4 percent.
"In past few years, enrollment has been flat," Bigelow said. "This is an increase for us It is significant."
The district's last enrollment jump was during the 2008-09 school year when the district had a 3.34 percent increase in the number of students.
Total district-wide enrollment numbers hit 1,465 students, with 582 students in the elementary school compared with 595 last year, 443 students in the middle school compared with 434 last year and 440 students in the high school compared with 421 last year, according to district numbers.
"We did expect an increase in the high school," Bigelow said, "and the reason for that is grade level-wise, we replaced our graduating students, a senior class size of 95, with the incoming freshmen grade level, which is 110 or 115 in a class. So we did expect that growth."
"I think we will continue to see mild growth in the next few years," he added. "We're not projecting anything huge."
But the South Summit School District still may incorporate a new housing development in the Silver Summit area if plans to build a new neighborhood consisting of 1,100 homes starts construction in the near future.
"There are developments being proposed for the next few years that could have significant impact," Bigelow said, "but none are finalized."
In the North Summit School District, enrollment numbers dipped slightly, from 983 in 2011 to 977 this year, a 0.6 percent decrease in the total number of students.
"We've been relatively stagnant for several years," said Rex Smith, the North Summit School district Business Administrator.
The elementary school and high school both dropped in the number of students, from 400 to 393 in the elementary school and 280 to 278 in the high school. The middle school, the only school in the district to grow, went from 303 students last year to 306 this year.
"If we had higher numbers, we would get more money from the state," Smith said. "But these numbers give us a more predictable budget."