All public schools in Michigan count the number of students attending their schools twice a year, in October and February. In Barry County area schools this year, the student count was mixed, without large shifts either way. Count information is critical to school districts, because each student translates into state funding.
The calculation schools receive is based on a blend of both winter and fall student count data during the same calendar year.
Area schools unofficial student counts on Wednesday, Oct. 3:
*Thornapple Kellogg’s student count stood at 3,156, up 25 from last year.
*Delton Kellogg Schools student count this year is 1,251, down 30 from last year.
*Caledonia Community Schools counted 4,847 students this year, down 19 from 2017.
*Wayland Union Schools reports its student count is 3,059, up 21 from last year.
*Maple Valley Public Schools have 994 students enrolled this year compared to 1,069 last year, a 75-student drop.
*Hastings Area School System’s student count is 2,660, down three from last year.
** Lakewood Public Schools count was not available for the 5 p.m. news.