Summer school revenue is down
Updated 11:53 am, Saturday, September 21, 2013
Summer school attendance and revenue were slightly lower than in years past, but overall the program "had a very good year," according to Chris Basta, the director.
Basta told the Board of Education at the Sept. 10 meeting that total enrollment, which includes summer school programs and continuing education, was 2,130 registrations -- 248 less than last year.
"No way to know for sure why the numbers are down," Basta said. "My analysis leads me to believe it probably had to do with Superstorm Sandy."
The storm that ravaged the East Coast in October pushed the Darien school calendar back a full week.
As a result, the first day of summer school was July 1 and the last on Aug. 2.
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"I think that one-week shift caused enough conflict with family vacation schedules," Basta said.
The net budget total was $53,525, down from $167,643 in the 2011-12 summer program. The total revenues were down 10 percent, from $713,522 to $643,391.
Basta said he hopes the enrollment will increase next year, "barring any unforeseen storms."
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