School districts use the average attendance numbers from the 80th and 120th days of the previous school year to project staffing needs for the upcoming school year.
Then, districts that show more than one-percent growth on the 40th day of the current year are allocated more funding.
Reportedly, nearly every school in the Deming district showed growth on the 40th day of this school year: Bell was up 40 students… Columbus had an additional 28 students… Red Mountain Middle School was up 24 students… Chaparral was up 15… Memorial was up 12… and Torres had 10 more students.
There were exceptions to the growth: Bataan was down 23 students… Deming Intermediate School was down 22… and Deming High School was down 3 students.
DPS Associate Superintendent of Finance Ted Burr said final growth numbers will be determined within the next month, and those numbers will affect the allocation of state funds.