In what Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Denise Sweat called a “normal” dip in full-time equivalent (FTE) students, Oxford clocked in with a preliminary count of 6,515.87 FTE in the latest count day that took place during February.
The audited fall FTE was 6,554.73, which makes for a 41 FTE drop. The district receives $7,871 per FTE.
“Historically, you always see those spring numbers dip below a little bit,” Sweat said. “So, it’s not unusual for us to see that drop.”
Sweat continued that families moving around the Christmas break is typically responsible for the decrease.
“Typically, when we track the students, those are just students that are moving out of the district or moving out of state,” she said.
Oxford Virtual Academy (OVA) continued to lead Oxford’s numbers in the spring, with 1,023.13 in the preliminary numbers.
Superintendent Tim Thone added that while seated numbers have remaining stagnant the last few years, OVA has continued to grow and made a funding bump for the district, which is second from the bottom in dollars per FTE in Oakland County.