WATERLOO — After a two-year decline, enrollment is rising again in Waterloo Community Schools.

“Our enrollment is up about 50 kids,” Superintendent Jane Lindaman told the Board of Education on Monday. Based on the Oct. 2 official count, the district has 10,405 students this year.

That is 48 more students than the 10,357 enrollment from last year’s count.

Officials expect enrollment to increase by about the same amount when the actual number of students attending classes is adjusted to arrive at the budget enrollment. The adjusted number will be used to determine per-pupil state funding for the district during the 2018-19 school year.

Although some changes could still occur before numbers are certified with the state Oct. 15, Lindaman said that increase currently stands at 49.38 pupils. The decimal point accounts for students who are not full-time, such as home-schooled children taking a class through the district. Last year’s budget enrollment was 10,833.75.

“We’re happy to see that our enrollment is up, not only actual but also certified,” said Lindaman.

Among the numerous adjustments to the actual number of students, the single largest in Waterloo’s case is open enrollment out of the district, which totaled more than 300 students last year. That number is counted in the budget enrollment, but the funds it generates “pass through” Waterloo to the district where those students attend. Students who open enroll into the district are subtracted from the count and the funds come to Waterloo Schools.

The detailed breakdown of the budget enrollment won’t be available until after the information is submitted to the state.

In other business, the board received and filed Lindaman’s recommendation to terminate a teacher contract. The action “is a step in the process” the district needs to go through to fire a teacher and had to happen within 15 days of her recommendation.

The teacher can now request a hearing before the board, which has to happen 20 to 40 days after Monday’s meeting. The matter will return to the board for a final decision whether or not a hearing is requested. At that point, the teacher’s name would become public.

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