Although preliminary enrollment projections for SY21-22 were already due to the PCSB, there will be a longer process before these numbers are finalized. Some LEAs will be notified that the PCSB has adjusted their projections (generally downward), and will have an opportunity to respond to the adjustment.
In the past, many LEAs have paid little attention to this adjustment process, since schools are funded based on actual and not projected enrollment. This past year, however, a DC Council proposal to use projections instead of actuals in a “hold harmless” effort to cushion specific types of schools against COVID-related enrollment drops focused new attention on the process by which these projections are developed. Although projecting enrollment has never been a high stakes process for DC charter schools, the prospect of using projections to fund schools demonstrated the need to pay greater attention to these numbers.
The workshop will cover:
- The importance of sound enrollment projections and how to develop them
- How to interact with the PCSB if the PCSB disagrees with your projections
- How the city budget process works
- How to use pre-COVID enrollment history to support projections for 2021-22
Audience: School Leaders, Finance and Operations Directors
PRESENTER: Vanessa Carlo-Miranda, Chief Operating Officer, E.L. Haynes