For most schools in Northwest Ohio, open enrollment is a chance to gain students, and pull-in revenue from another district. That is not the case for schools like Napoleon, Defiance, and Archbold.
The fall figures for Napoleon Area Schools indicate they pull-in 87 students from other districts, with the majority coming from Patrick Henry. But Napoleon also loses 216 students to other districts in the area, including 57 that attend Liberty Center. That loss of students for Napoleon means they lose over $735,000 in revenue this year.
The Defiance city schools gained about 180 students this year, with about 75 coming from Tinora. But they also lost 301 students to other districts that surround them, taking about $673,000 away from Defiance city schools.
Archbold is another district that loses more students than they gain. 72 students entered Archbold this fall; while another 96 left for other districts. The majority attend Pettisville.
And when it comes to gaining students through open enrollment; nobody does it better than Pettisville Local Schools. They lost 33 students to open enrollment; but gained a record 189 students from other districts. That means Pettisville takes-in a whopping $889,200 in state revenue this year, that follows those students.
We’ll track the numbers for other districts in open enrollment in our next update.