HR County Schools See Enrollment Downturn

The Hood River County School District is reporting an early downturn in enrollment from last school year. District Superintendent Dan Goldman says they have small kindergarten and second grade classes.  Goldman notes that’s not good news because the state determines school funding through enrollment, but it’s not a crisis either.  He says the state school funding formula uses the highest of the last two years enrollment numbers, so the Hood River district is still being funded on the 2015-16 numbers, but they will need a bounce back in 2017-18.  Goldman says while there is a sense that Hood River is booming and growing, he believes the cost of that housing is not affordable for many young families, adding it’s a problem for the district when it tries to hire new employees.

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