Walla Walla schools close to enrollment target


WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School District is closer to meeting its enrollment goals than it originally thought, school officials announced Tuesday at a school board meeting.

The district, which by its counts was nearly 30 Full-Time Equivalents short of its projections, revised that number to just three FTEs short — 6,114 actual FTEs enrolled to a target of 6,117.

District Business Manager Ted Cohan said the difference was because of better than expected enrollment numbers in Running Start and Greenways Academy of Washington, an online school Walla Walla has partnered with.

The numbers reported by the Union-Bulletin earlier this month did not include Running Start or Greenways enrollment.

“Enrollment is always a moving target at this time of year,” Cohan said.

The district still undershot its projections in lower grades, however. Cohan said the district lost more students than expected this year to College Place School District, which is in the process of building its own high school.

He said the finance office may begin to survey elementary and middle school students with College Place addresses to get a more accurate enrollment projection for next year.

“That just makes it more difficult for the next couple of years because we don’t know where those students will be at,” Cohan said of the planned College Place High School.


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