November 26, 2022

Nodaway Valley enrollment up this year, but still trends down

A Nodaway Valley school board meeting light on action items wasn’t in discussion items, Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the high school media center.

Superintendent Paul Croghan gave the board insight into the district’s latest enrollment figures and financial projections.

The numbers show an increased enrollment this school year, however the district continues to see an overall pattern of dwindling enrollment, he said.

“We’d like every year to be like this, up nine or 10 from the previous year,” Croghan said.

Nodaway Valley’s enrollment is 626.5 for the 2022-23 school year, however they physically serve 592.3 students, he said. Students counted that aren’t served could be open-enrolled elsewhere and still live in the district, or a part of other scenarios.

This year’s enrollment reflects a 1.79% hike from last year, when numbers were 615.5 in the district and 582.31 served.

All these numbers work into how the district budgets, Croghan said.

The chart board members reviewed went back to fiscal year 1995, when NV’s enrollment was 898. There was a period when enrollment climbed over 900, then it dipped below 700 for the first time in FY 2011.

Croghan went on to illustrate for the board how closely the district’s funding is to its enrollment.

One example is a kindergarten class this year that was larger than once anticipated. It meant going up to three sections for that class. When students are in upper elementary grades, they may get reduced to two sections.

Another example is that the administrative makeup of the district is also the result of careful financial planning when comparing dollars with enrollment figures.

The board discussed a voted Physical Plant and Equipment Levy as another revenue source to improve facilities, technology and transportation, and ways that could help protect general fund expenditures. Further discussion and an action item will be at next month’s meeting for the board to consider as a ballot question this spring.

Enrollment per class at NV ranges from the low 40s up to 65, the size of this year’s junior class.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.