NH school budgets increase as enrollment declines
CONCORD (AP) - Lower student enrollment figures don't necessarily mean lower school budgets.
Citing data from the New Hampshire Department of Education, the Concord Monitor reports that there are more than 176,000 students enrolled in Granite State schools today compared to nearly 201,000 10 years ago.
But even as enrollment declines, school budgets have tended to increase.
Concord last week passed a $75.3 million school budget - over $1 million higher than last year's budget - even though enrollment is projected to drop.
Some school districts are consolidating schools as a way to cut costs. Concord five years ago reduced its number of elementary schools from eight to five.
The Vermont House voted last week to consolidate smaller school districts, reducing the number from 300 to about 60.