Education

Jul 14, 2014 7:09 AM by AP

New charter school enrollment claims questioned

An Iberville Parish school system administrator says she's puzzled by how the state figures the school system will be losing 376 students to a new charter school opening this year.

Jolain Landry, the school system's chief financial officer, tells The Advocate she's puzzled because there haven't been nearly that many requests to transfer student records to the new charter.

It's no small matter for Landry because a drop in enrollment of 376 students means a loss of $3.7 million in state minimum foundation program funding for the coming school year.

Landry questioned whether the Iberville Charter Academy has been providing accurate enrollment numbers to the Louisiana Department of Education.

The charter school, currently under construction, will offer kindergarten through sixth grade classes when school starts Aug. 11.

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