Local schools see slight decline in enrollment

Published 3:32 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Lowndes County Schools saw a slight decline in student enrollment this year.

Each year, school systems are required to submit enrollment numbers that record average daily membership (ADM) or daily enrollment.

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Those numbers, which are gathered based on attendance the first 20 days after Labor Day, are used to determine the level of funding for a system, which includes teacher salaries for the following budget year.

Overall, Lowndes County Schools has a system enrollment of 1,238 students, which is down from 1,337 last year.

The total ADM for Lowndes County over the last six years have shown a downward trend:

2019-2020: 1,337

2018-2020: 1,391

2017-2018: 1,493

2016-2017: 1,565

2015-2016: 1,595

2014-2015: 1,618.

Schools included in these numbers include: Central Elementary, Central Hight, Fort Deposit Elementary, Hayneville Middle School, Jackson Steele Elementary School; Lowndes Middle School; Calhoun School.