The sixth-day enrollment figure has become a measuring stick for school districts statewide to determine if they are gaining students, losing them or maintaining. The amount of state aid school districts receive is based on student enrollment, a major source of income in some districts. Bethalto School Superintendent Dr. Cindy Blasa (pictured) says the sixth-day figures for the second semester were a pleasant surprise.
She credits the addition of an early childhood classroom since the start of the school year, with the addition of a couple of students at each grade level. While she would not venture a guess as to whether enrollment would continue to climb, she says that would be a welcome turn of events.