District is expecting a dip in student body by 2018-19 school year – Orange County Register

A listing of per-pupil spending by grade levels is one of the more interesting items included in the most recent state-required financial report reviewed by the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district’s five elected trustees.

Dollars spent educating each of the district’s some 25,000 students are based on average daily attendance and are projected to increase from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent for each of the next two years, depending on the grade level.

This year’s funding for each kindergarten through third-grade student is $8,398; for each fourth- through sixth-grade student it is $7,720; for each seventh- and eighth-grade student it is $7,950; and for each high schooler it is $9,451, all figured on an average daily attendance basis.

Interestingly, average daily attendance is expected to dip a bit, about 1 percent at each grade level, from this year to the 2018-19 school year, according to current projections. District-wide, average daily attendance is anticipated to drop by 246 students.

The decline in kindergarten through third grade is expected to be from 7,124 to 7,053; grade four through grade six from 5,451 to 5,397; grades seven and eight from 3,843 to 3,804; and in high schools from 8,233 to 8,151.

In other school-related matters:

— Two new high school principals will be in place before the next school year begins. Ken Fox, selected as principal of Esperanza High School in 2008, will retire after a 38-year career in education. His replacement beginning July 1 will be one of Esperanza’s current assistant principals, Gina Aguilar.

Hector Vasquez is leaving after serving one-year at Valencia High School. The application period for this position closes June 2. Also retiring are Cameron Malotte, principal at Yorba Linda Middle School, and Kevin McConnell, athletic director at Valencia High School.

— Alyssa Griffiths has been named district public and media relations specialist, replacing Doug Schultz, who is now supervisor of communications for Citrus College…

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