School Funding

Johnson County public school districts see enrollment rebound but still fall short of projections


The Shawnee Mission and $ 232 De Soto school districts see a slight increase in student enrollments this fall compared to last year, but both districts are still on target.

Districts counted students on September 20, a date set by the state for taking official school enrollment counts.

Russell Knapp, chief financial officer of Shawnee Mission, told the board at its Sept. 27 meeting that there were 26,534 students enrolled as of that date for the 2021-2022 school year.

This is an increase of 422 students from 2020-21, which turned out to be the lowest enrollment number recorded in SMSD in five years.

The number of that fall for SMSD, however, drops 588 students below what the district had expected, which could ultimately impact the amount of state funding the district receives.

Knapp told the council that district public funding is based on the highest enrollment from the previous two years, meaning the 2021 membership will not yet have an impact on the budget.

The district is still using the pre-pandemic enrollment enrollment from fall 2019 – when SMSD’s enrollment count exceeded 27,500 – to determine its current level of state funding.

But starting next year, SMSD will have to start using one of the double digits from this year or last year, when enrollments were lower, to project state funding levels.

Registration data from other local districts

Meanwhile, $ 232 at DeSoto reports 7,177 students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, which is an increase of 231 students from last fall.

But like SMSD, De Soto’s registration figure falls short of district projections. Enrollment this fall is 115 students less than the district anticipated.

Blue Valley reports 21,846 students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, an increase of 224 students compared to fall 2020.

Like $ 232 and Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley’s listing took a hit in 2020.

According to data provided by the district, Blue Valley had nearly 630 fewer students enrolled in 2020 than in 2019.

Blue Valley did not provide an enrollment forecast for 2021-2022, as requested by the Shawnee Mission Post.

Kaci Brutto, director of communications, told the Post by email that the total enrollment is normally around 100 students compared to his projections.

“Last year, when we experienced an unexpected drop in enrollment similar to other districts in the region, the total was well below expectations set the year before, but still within the wider range of possible outcomes modeled. “said Brutto.

The three districts have until October 8 to submit the current membership, which will impact the budget of each district.

Knapp said that after the Kansas Department of Education verifies registrations as of Oct. 8, he will present the projected budget impacts for this year and for the future to the board of education.


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