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Flint school leaders predict fewer students for this week's count day

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Flint school officials expect they will fall 300 students below their target on this week’s count day.

The district had budgeted for 5,700 students. But Superintendent Bilal Tawwab expects the number will be closer to 5,400.

He says that may force the district to make more hard choices.

“I strongly believe that for us to really grow as a district we are going to have to make that hard call now,” says Tawwab. 

Missing the count day target will likely mean the Flint school district will have to adjust its deficit elimination plan.

The district has a $16 million deficit. But the district could lose out on another $2 million if it misses its projected count day number by 300 students.     

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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