Fannie C. Williams Charter School expects to enroll 591 students—not including kindergarten or pre-kindergarten students—during the 2013-2014 school year.
Principal Kelly Batiste reported told the school’s board that the OneApp system has currently placed that many students in the school, which originally was built for 450 students. Batiste said she feels the school can easily hold 550 students and that they enrolled 535 last year.
The school’s accountant, Sean Bruno, said he hopes to petition the state to recognize the significantly higher enrollment numbers at the beginning of the year in order to receive a more appropriate per-pupil payment throughout the first months of the school year.
“Having more students is a good thing financially, but we don’t realize the benefit of the increase in MFP [per-pupil funds] until the last four months of the year,” Bruno said.
The board – Community Leaders Advocating for Student Success – also approved its meeting schedule for the upcoming school year. It will meet the third Tuesday of every other month, beginning with a meeting and budget hearing Aug. 20.
Batiste announced that teachers at the school had reported for their first day of training on July 22 and that students in first through eighth grade will begin on Aug. 5.